[heading] by MICHELLE TREMBLAY [/heading]

The 8th annual Eric Sears “Life is an Adventure” Memorial 5K Run/Walk – an event that raises money for academic scholarships awarded to graduating seniors from Carlsbad High School and to athletes from the School’s Cross Country Team – will take place on August 18, at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad, with a 5k Run/Walk commencing at 10 a.m. Following the race, participants can partake in a silent auction, enjoy live music and eat fresh fish tacos. Race day registration begins at 9 a.m. and is $35.

“Since its inception in 2005, the Eric Sears Memorial Scholarship has awarded $51,000 to eligible seniors of Carlsbad High School,” said Tom Sears, father of Eric Sears and founder of the Eric Sears Memorial “Life is an Adventure” 5k race. “It is a rewarding experience to assist these college bound student athletes as they continue their educational journey.”

“The Eric Sears Memorial 5k was established by family and friends that were touched by Eric’s life and life story,” explained Tom. “Eric was a compassionate, caring friend to all and whose smile will shine in our hearts forever.”

And indeed his memory lives on. As a four-year letterman for Carlsbad High School’s Cross Country team, Eric’s joy of running proved to be a motivation to others. To this day, the School celebrates his life by presenting an award to the team’s “Most Inspirational” athlete.

The theme for this year’s race, “Life is an Adventure,” was inspired by one of Eric’s essays. “Life is a grand and wonderful adventure, if you let it be,” he wrote. “Life was meant to be lived, not to be worked away, as time goes right out the window. Don’t be so caught up in the things that you cannot control, and embrace the simple pleasures. Take a walk, sit outside on a clear night, and watch the sunset, anything to take you away from the hustle of our incessantly busy lives.”

The event is sponsored by The Optimist Club of Carlsbad, The Running Center, and many local volunteers.

For more information on the Eric Sears “Life is an Adventure” Memorial 5K, visit: www.ericsears.com.