Run 2 Believe Celebrates Maize Alumni Accident Victims

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A year ago, 2 Maize graduates, Kylie Jobe and Kyle Thornburg were killed in a car crash. They were high school sweethearts, and now their friends and families will celebrate their lives with the “Run 2 Believe” event, coming up on March 24.

More than 700 are already registered for this run, and organizers are expecting close to 1,000 runners to be there this coming Saturday 9:00 a.m. at the Maize High School football stadium.

Saturday is the 1-year anniversary when 20-year-old Kylie Jobe and 22-year-old Kyle Thornburg were returning to Wichita from a spring break ski trip in Colorado. While driving on I-70, about 40 miles west of Salina, a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the freeway collided head-on with them. Kylie, Kyle, and the other driver were killed. Authorities determined the 27-year-old Texas man driving the wrong way was intoxicated.

Kylie’s mother, Barby Jobe, says, “And we wanted an opportunity to spread a good message and the message out to people of all ages about the consequences of drinking and driving and yet celebrate the lives of Kylie and Kyle while doing that."

Kyle and Kylie were Maize High graduates. Soccer was just one of the sports both participated in. After graduation, Kyle went on to Butler County College and Kyle to OSU in Stillwater.

Jobe says Maize schools, Maize police, and others in the community are raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, particularly with spring break here and later proms and graduation coming up.

"So the real point of the run is to create alcohol awareness and really bring that point home, especially at this time of year," says Jobe.

She also says race proceeds go to Maize after-prom events, the Maize Education Foundation, and the Oklahoma State University Foundation.

“Run 2 Believe” is Saturday, march 24 at Maize High School. It starts at 9:00 a.m. $15 for students, $30 for adults. A pancake breakfast hosted by the Maize Lions Club is from 7:30-11:00 a.m. If you would like more information, call (316) 260-9622, or you can go to kake.com and click “find it.”


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