Celebrating 25 Years: Kacie's Run Continues to Empower CFBISD All Stars

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD community commemorated the 25th anniversary of Kacie's Run on Saturday, April 13th, at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. The event, a 5K run and 1-mile family fun run, honors the memory of Kacie Brekhus, a former R.L. Turner High School student who was passionate about Special Olympics.

Proceeds from Kacie's Run benefit the CFBISD All Stars Special Olympics team, ensuring Special Education students can participate in the events at no cost. The event not only raises funds but also fosters relationships and builds confidence among participants.

Kacie's dedication to Special Olympics began as a freshman at R.L. Turner when she participated in the Torch Run. By her senior year, she had become the student coordinator. Tragically, Kacie died in a traffic accident in 2003 while attending the University of Texas at Austin.

Kacie's parents, Mel and Candi Brekhus, were present at the event alongside district and community officials, CFB staff, and students. This year's run also celebrated the life and legacy of Kim Holland, a beloved former principal whose vision and commitment to service laid the foundation for the event.

Mel and Candi Brekhus

The tradition began in 1999 as a 5K run organized by R.L. Turner students and the Carrollton Police Department, with Brekhus serving as one of the first student coordinators. Over the past 25 years, hundreds of student coordinators, thousands of student volunteers, and countless CFBISD All Star athletes have benefited from this enduring mission of "students helping students."

To learn more about the All Stars and Kacie’s Run, please visit the CFBISD website.