5K Race to Benefit Ex-Tech Track Star - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/03

5K Race to Benefit Ex-Tech Track Star

Tech track star Jesse Williams runs each race to win -- and so did his teamate Courtney Nolen.

"She was a teammate of mine for four years when we ran track," says Williams.

"She had run from the time she was little," says Courtney's dad, Brooks Nolen.

"Courtney was a wonderful girl. She had many terrific friends, which this is evidence today, all these people turning out. Courtney loved Tech," says Courtney's mother, Roselyn Nolen.

And on Saturday, Jesse's racing without his friend, Courtney. She ran her last race three years ago.

"She had just graduated up here, and she died in an auto accident shortly thereafter, and her teammates and friends set this scholarhsip up to help upper level women track athletes," says Brooks.

It's a 5K race, but every runner who crosses the finish line is a winner. With every step, 500 runners are giving up a blue ribbon to raise money in her memory, doing what Courtney loved most -- running.

"It would've embarrassed her, but she would've loved it. She loved Tech and her friends up here," says Brooks.

Courtney's parents say she was the kind of person who enjoyed helping others without taking any credit for it.

"Courtney was really that special of a person. She would be the first person out here helping me and be the last person leaving, and she loved running and loved Tech and her teammates and I think she would definitely be happy with this," says Jesse.

If you would like more information about the Courtney Nolen Scholarship Fund or to donate, you can (click here).

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