Memorial run benefit set to honor late Richard Lambert

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — A memorial run is being planned to honor the late Richard Lambert. The Richard Lambert Memorial 5K Run and Turtle Trek will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Barr Lake.
    Lambert, a lifelong resident of Brighton, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 26 last September. He graduated from Brighton High School in 2003 where he played football and had lots of friends. His mother, Susan Chavez, said Lambert was a free spirit who loved to have fun and always had a smile.

    “By all means, he wasn’t perfect but he was a pretty amazing guy, especially to his friends,” she said.
    After his sudden death last year, his family organized a n impromptu 5K run/walk in his honor. Because it had such a good turn out and it means so much to the family, they decided to hold a second 5K this year and turn it into an annual event.
    “For me, it resembles being able to just every day get up and put my foot on the floor and take a step and basically just to get up and to be the person he was proud of and also that we as a family would be walking through this together for the rest of our lives,” she said.
    This year, the run will benefit Hope House. Chavez said Lambert’s life started with her being a teen mom and that he would always tell her how proud he was of her for keeping him and not terminating the pregnancy or giving him up for adoption. When Chavez contacted Hope House, she found out they were faith based and said everything fit together.
    “They were looking for a 5K to do this year for their girls – some of their moms had ran their first 5K earlier in the year and so they were looking for another one for them to do,” she said.
    Those interested can register for the race online at www.richardlambertmemorialrun.org, with registration fees set at $35 for adults and $25 for seniors and children. Those interested can also register the day of the race, although entry fees will increase $10.
    Participants will be able to donate to the Richard Lambert Memorial Foundation the family is starting The foundation will help provide traditional or Christian counseling to parents who have lost a child and siblings who cannot afford counseling.