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Hundreds will gather for memorial run in Marathon Co.

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WESTON (WAOW) -

Hundreds of runners are expected for a memorial run honoring a 14-year-old boy who died while warming up to go running.

Volunteers made final preparations for a run they say honors a good young man, and gives them a chance to work for a good cause.

"The funds that we raise from this go to help people in the community," said Cheryl Goetsch, Event Organizer.

Forrest Goetsch died while warming up for a cross-county team practice in 2009.

Doctors said his heart failed.

"That was one of the truly biggest obstacles our family has gone through,"Steve Goetsch, Forrest's Father.

Forrest was born with a rare facial disfigurement.

His parents say he never once felt sorry for himself.

Even with his physical differences, they say Forrest was always positive, he persevered and he was happy.

Despite the number of challenges that Forrest had to face in his life, friends and family tell Newsline 9 that he never gave up, and that's the exact message that they hope to deliver through this event.

"To remember those challenges and we all encounter those obstacles, but if we can take steps beyond that, and really help others out around us, we can do positive things," added Steve Goetsch.

The Forrest Goetsch Memorial is a two-mile, and five-mile run and walk.

So far this year, Forrest Goetsch Charities has given away seven separate $1,000 scholarships.

Friends and family say Forrest had a passion for helping others.

"Forrest did a lot to touch the people around him, and had a great impact on the people who got to know him," said Cheryl Goetsch.

Organizers say close to 1,000 people are already signed up for the run.

It costs 30 dollars to join the race.

The Forrest Goetsch Memorial Run begins at 9am on Saturday at Dale's Weston lanes in Weston.

For more information how to participate head over to the official Forrest Memorial Run website at:

Http://www.ForrestsRun.com/

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