My name is Shaena Herring and I am running the Prince Edward Island Half Marathon and I want to raise money for a great cause…the Jacob Simmons Sports Scholarship Fund. Here is my story!
Jake was a great friend to so many people. The last time I saw him was actually at one of my first races. It was a 5 km and I asked him if this was just a quick warm up for him. Always bashful, he just lowered his head and laughed at me. And then took my picture to commemorate my big moment.
When the scholarship was announced, I knew I wanted to find a way to bring attention to it. It’s such an amazing thing and I think Jake would be so proud of his family for starting this in his honour. I’m very grateful that Jay and Brenda are so kind and have helped me get this set up for my half marathon.
This will be my first time running this distance and I’m nervous and excited, and I know I’ll think of Jake a lot throughout my training as he usually pops in to my head once or twice every time I’m on a run. He was a gentleman, he was kind, he was talented, he was smart, and he was very loved. He is missed every day.
The Jacob Simmons Sports Scholarship endowment fund was established as a tribute to the memory of Jacob Simmons of Point Prim, PEI, an avid athlete who was killed at the age of 27 by an impaired driver while cycling on June 12, 2020. The Jacob Simmons Sports Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship for a graduating Prince Edward Island high school student who is attending a post-secondary institution in the fall.
All proceeds raised from my run will be donated to the endowment. Please support if you can!