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5K fundraiser celebrates Huntsville woman’s legacy

This weekend is the 5th annual Paint the Streets Fundraiser. The 5K starts and ends at SAIC in Research Park.  It’s special to Huntsville because the motivation behind the race is a Huntsville woman who went from an athletic life — to that of a quadriplegic.

Carlene Hall was an avid runner, and her loved ones  wanted to celebrate her life after she passed years ago after a spinal cord injury.

“Jamie Miller, her daughter, asked me if I would be willing to put together a race in honor of her mother,” said Jim Varnavas, the race coordinator.

“When she passed away we wanted to raise money for quadriplegics in the Huntsville area to help them be more independent,” said Jamie Miller, Carlene’s daughter. This Saturday participants can run for a cause while children will be painting the streets with sidewalk chalk in honor of the Huntsville resident who inspired so many.

“Carlene was an amazing woman. Nothing got her down, even after she got the spinal cord injury,” said  Varnavas, “she learned to paint with the paintbrush in her mouth, this is why it’s called ‘Paint the Streets.” All profits from the race go to the local United Cerebral Palsy.

“So she’s continuously living on through her name by helping other people,” said Miller, who says Carlene was a great mother, grandmother, and friend, even after her injury changed her lifestyle.
Racers can still sign-up before the race Saturday morning, as well as register at Fleet Feet.  With this year’s race, ‘Paint the Streets’ is expected to have raised $50,000 total for United Cerebral Palsy.

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