Run With All Your Hart race allows woman's memory to live on

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (WKYT)- This past June marked the second anniversary of the murder of a pregnant Russell Springs woman who was killed on a morning run. Just two months after her death a charity race was started in Sarah Hart's honor, and nearly three thousand people took part.

This Saturday, runners will again come together for the third annual Run With All Your Hart Race in Russell Springs. As WKYT's Amber Philpott reports, while the pain of Hart's death is still there, its what the race is doing that continues to allow Sarah's community to heal and her memory to live on.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these images speak volumes on what it truly means for a community to come together.

The idea was simple, a race to honor a woman who was killed during a morning jog in Russell Springs, Sarah Hart.

" You feel like, you know like you are going on without a viable part of your family," said Elizabeth Roberts, Sarah's sister.

What that race did was show Sarah's family they weren't alone.

"It does get easier and the pain does lessen, but you still miss her like crazy," said Roberts.

In the two years since Elizabeth Roberts lost her sister she's had time to heal, some. Life is different now and her focus is on making sure her sister continues to touch others in death just as she did in life.

"Sometimes like the smallest thing that Sarah probably never gave any thought to when she was doing it for people or for someone is what stood out in those people's minds. You would think it's the things you do that are big that really matter, but it sometimes is in the little things that you do for people that really make the biggest impact," said Roberts.

That impact will continue this Saturday with the third Run With All Your Hart race.

This year's race will run right down main street in Russell Springs, and every runner participating means more dollars for a scholarship fund set up in Sarah's name to help students who want to be a pharmacist just like she was.

18-year-old Andrea Roberts of Russell Springs knew Sarah Hart and looked up to her and now is being helped by her.

In just two years the Roberts and Hart families have handed out more than $20,000 in scholarship money.

"Its really truly amazing to see that our community can come together to honor such an awesome person and continue to have this run that will continue Sarah's legacy by giving out these scholarships," said Andrea Roberts a RWAYH scholarship winner.

Roberts who is no relation to the family, is a student at Lindsey Wilson college. Andrea hopes to get into the University of Kentucky's Pharmacy School. She says the scholarship is a huge help, but that its about more than just money to her.

"There are really no words to describe it, to know that I'm compared to someone that is an awesome person and hopefully I can touch lives like she has,"said Andrea Roberts.

Her death may have been senseless, but her legacy lives on in a race where for at least four miles so many will have Sarah in their hearts the entire time.

Christopher Allman plead guilty to the murder of Sarah Hart. In May he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Run With All Your Hart race is Saturday in Russell Springs at 8:30, for more information on how to register click on the link for the race.

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