Galaxy to sponsor charity run in memory of Kirk Goodwin


For Immediate Release
April 5, 2000

Galaxy men's social club of Abilene Christian University is sponsoring a charity run in memory of Kirk Goodwin.

This year, the 16th annual Kirk Goodwin Victory Run 5K will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 9 a.m. The 5K run will begin at Elmer Gray stadium on the ACU campus. As in the past, this year's proceeds will go to the Kirk Goodwin memorial fund to help people in the community who are financially burdened with excessive medical bills.

Goodwin was a junior Galaxy pledge in the fall of 1984. He was a 4.0 student, a pole-vaulter on the track team, and had aspirations of being a dentist. On Sept. 21, 1984, Goodwin left Abilene to go home to Dallas. He had been experiencing car trouble so his parents decided to meet him halfway.

However, instead of meeting Goodwin, his parents met an ambulance.

Goodwin was involved in a one-car accident just outside of Ranger. He spent the next two weeks in a coma before dying on Oct. 4, 1984.

"Goodwin was only 20 when he died, but in those 20 years he defined himself as a kind, loving, God-centered individual," said Jim Litton, president of Galaxy and junior finance major from Waco. In honor of Goodwin and the life he lived, the men of Galaxy and Goodwin's parents established the Kirk Goodwin Victory Run.

Community participants are encouraged to register for the run. Sign-ups will be at ACU in the McGlothlin Campus Center April 17-21 in the ticket windows from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee for the run is $10.

Registration is open to a 24-and-under age group, as well as 25-and-up. The first 115 to register will get a T-shirt and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

For those not able to run but who would like to make a donation, or would like to register for the run by mail, contact James Bagley at (915) 674-5752 or send a check payable to Galaxy Kirk Goodwin fund to ACU Box 28112, Abilene, Texas 79699.

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