Runners come out to honor former BHSU student - KOTA Territory News

Runners come out to honor former BHSU student

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Chilly weather in Spearfish didn't keep people from honoring a former Black Hills State University student on Sunday.

More than 3 dozen runners participated in the 29th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk at Black Hills State University.

The 5K event is held each year in memory of the former student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Proceeds from the run go towards a scholarship fund set up in Kevin's name.

Marla Herman, a fellow student and member of the Lakota Omniciye at the time, organized the race the following spring and it has been held every year since then.

"Kevin was an athlete, he was also a student here at Black Hills when he had his accident. He always set goals for himself. He looked ahead and he worked hard," said Kevin's mother Mae Whirlwind Horse. "He liked to work with youth groups to encourage children, young people to look ahead, set some goals so you know where your life is going."

Cross-country coach Scott Walkinshaw also spoke highly of Kevin.

"He was an outstanding athlete, very gregarious person, loved kids, very active," Walkinshaw said.

Each year, one $500 scholarship is presented to a Native American sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills.

The race is one of the final events in the week–long American Indian Awareness celebration.

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