Kevin Rudi passed away on November 12, 2014, from spindle cell sarcoma when he was 27. His New Mexico State University fraternity brothers started a foundation to honor his memory and to raise money for sarcoma research.
The second annual Kevin Rudi Superhero 5K Fun Run will start and end by the Memorial Stadium Field House in Las Cruces. Money raised for sarcoma research will benefit The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.
‘The second annual Kevin Rudi Superhero 5K Fun Run will start and end by the Memorial Stadium Field House in Las Cruces.’
For Matthew Duran and the rest of the Kevin Rudi Foundation board of directors, the decision to use the superhero theme for their 5K fundraising run was easy. "He's my superhero," says Duran. Duran and Rudi were inseparable best friends in college and remained close until Rudi's passing. "The guy didn't give up," Duran says. "He never gave up. He fought till his last day."
The inaugural 5K Superhero Rudi Fun Run was held May 2, 2015, and raised more than $15,000. Almost 150 people ran and many more donated. This year, organizers expect more than 200 registered runners. Everyone is welcome. Runners may register the day of the event for $30. Superhero costumes are strongly encouraged.