Race in honor of murdered LSU alumna grows, as does its impact

Race in honor of murdered LSU alumna grows, as does its impact
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POSTED: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:04am

Some people run to move. Others run because they are moved.

More than 100 people ran through Louisiana State University Friday evening for the sixth annual Keep the Pace fundraiser.

"We just want to make sure that we raise enough money to make a difference," said Katie Routh, who organized this year's race.

Keep the Pace began in 2009 and has been held each year since in honor of Charlotte Murray Pace.

"This race actually means the world," Pace's mother, Ann, said. "Because it gives Murray an ability to be part of time that has been forever denied to her."

Murray Pace graduated from LSU's MBA program in 2002, the youngest person ever to receive an MBA from LSU. A week later, she was murdered by serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Friends of hers endowed a scholarship fund in her name and created the race to support it.

"It started off as a tiny little race," Ann Pace recalled, "and every year it seems to get bigger and do better."

The Charlotte Murray Pace Memorial MBA Scholarship is awarded to women who display the same determination and positive demeanor.

"And we're just so grateful that they've chosen to honor her in this way and allow her to be part of promoting someone else's well-being and education, through the scholarship," Ann Pace stated.

Routh, who is also the Vice President of Philanthropy  for the LSU chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs, projected that the race would raise $12,000 for the scholarship fund, through entry fees and sponsorships. The event also further established Murray Pace's legacy at LSU.

"I didn't personally know Murray," Routh mentioned. "But just through talking to everyone; the staff here knows her, and so it's really nice to talk to them. And everyone has nothing but good to say, just how inspiring she was. She was a bubbly character, she was very dedicated to her schoolwork, she was in the top 10 percent of her class."

"It's really something, because over and over, I hear that they've been told the story of Murray and know who she is and what happened, and really feel a passion for this race," Ann Pace said. "And I'm more than grateful for it."

To donate to the Charlotte Murray Pace Memorial MBA Scholarship, call the LSU Foundation at 225-578-3811.

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