Ripple Run to benefit South Tama students
September 10, 2017


"Ripple in still water, where there is no pebble tossed, nor wind to blow" might be some of the most recognizable lyrics from the popular Grateful Dead song title "Ripple". They also happen to be the inspiration for the 1st annual Charley Townsley Ripple Run.

Charley Townsley was an avid fan of The Grateful Dead. He also loved his job as the Sports Editor at the Tama News Herald and Toledo Chronicle.

The Ripple Run will be held on Sunday, September 17 at Otter Creek Lake and Park. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will serve as the kickoff for the 2017 STC Homecoming festivities.

"The Grateful Dead was my Dad's favorite band," said Allison Graham. "He loved music and he loved his job and his community. It's very special for me to now be doing the job that he loved and being able to continue his passion for the South Tama community. "

The idea for a run was born a few years ago as a way to continue the Charley Townsley Memorial. Following Townsley's passing in 2012 a scholarship was awarded to an STC student for three years. Now the Graham's are looking to bring the scholarship back with proceeds from the race.

The theme of the run is to dress in your best tie dye. There will prizes for age groups as well as prizes for the two best hippie outfits. This is a fun run event. A timing system will be used for those looking to track but walkers and anyone in between are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Registration can be done online at STC students will have a discounted rate.


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