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ABOUT Chelsi's Run

Chelsi Petersen
Chelsi Dawn Petersen was born July 15, 1987. She died in a tragic car accident on June 6, 2008. Her incredible smile, beauty and strength are missed by all who knew her. Chelsi was a very talented athlete, excelling in gymnastics, cheerleading and track. She competed as a level 9 gymnast, where she won many awards and recognition. Chelsi discovered her talent for running at a young age. In the year 2000, she had the opportunity to compete with her 13-14 year old relay team at the National Hershey’s Track Meet in Hershey Pennsylvania. Chelsi attended Dixie High School where she was a cheerleader, and competed in track, breaking several school records. She continued her love track at BYU, where she was a member of the Cougar Track Team. Chelsi seemed to know life was a race she would only run once, and she embraced every opportunity that came her way. Chelsi believed in always finishing what you started. She lived by that motto throughout her life. Chelsi’s life touched countless people in her short 20 years.

When it came time to celebrate what would have been Chelsi’s 21st birthday on July 15, 2008 – just less than a month after her death – her friends and family were still mourning. In an attempt to ease a little of the pain, her mother Lisa’s childhood friends came up with an idea – a way to celebrate Chelsi’s life with a 5K Fun Run/Walk. On her birthday that year, more than 800 people showed up for Chelsi’s Run held in the neighborhood where she grew up. It has only gotten bigger and better since then, and is what funds the Chelsi Petersen Memorial Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to four area high school students in need each year. Chelsi’s Run is in remembrance of Chelsi, but even more than that it brings her friends and family together for a celebration no one wants to miss.


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ALL proceeds from this race will go into the Chelsi Petersen Memorial Scholarship Fund.
To make additional donations, please make checks payable to:
Washington County School District Foundation for Chelsi Petersen.
We will promptly mail your tax deductible receipt to the address given on this form.
Thank you for your support.