“We want to keep her voice alive”: family of Amelia Wakefield planning 5k in her honor

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OXFORD, N.Y. (WBNG) — To her family, and the entire Oxford community, Amelia Wakefield was simply one of a kind.

“You could just be so down in the dumps and all she had to do was laugh and her laugh was contagious and it was distinct and you knew it was her,” said Rebecca Walling, Wakefield’s aunt. “She was so genuine, she cared about everybody.”

Wakefield tragically lost her life May 3rd, and now, community members are rallying around her memory in their time of need.

To honor her, the Wakefields are holding the first ever Amelia’s Voice 5k on Saturday, October 5th, beginning at the village’s Lafayette Park. This isn’t your typical 5K, however, as not only is there a prize for first place, but one for the final finisher as well.

“(Amelia) was fashionably late everywhere, it was her. She was ready when she was ready, so we thought that was pretty important,” said Walling.

Proceeds of the event will go toward the Amelia Wakefield Scholarship Fund at Oxford Academy, an award set up by her family to honor a student who embraces Wakefield’s mentality of being open and friendly to everyone. In addition, funds raised will also go to the Chenago County chapter of the Help Restore Hope Center, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the start time of an hour later. The event is the same day as Oxtober Fest, a community event filled with food and fun for the whole family.

Participants can register online or in person the morning of the race. To sign up, click here.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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