Braving the elements for Tyson


Runners take off down Dickson Street Saturday in a 5K to remember WHS student Tyson McKinley, who took his own life Sept. 20.


Dukes cross country coach Bill Watters bows his head in prayer.


Rebeccah and Dennis Hartman flank Lilly and Sarah Holowatyj with dog Riley looking for shelter from rain.


Approximately 75 people participated in the run.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Dark skies and steady rain Saturday did not stop residents from honoring the memory of Tyson McKinley in a 5K run and one-mile walk. Participants lined up at Dickson Street Park, many with umbrellas and ponchos, and made their way though the village after a brief prayer and receiving instructions from Dukes cross country coach Bill Watters. McKinley, a 15-year-old Wellington High School freshman, was found dead Sept. 20 after apparently taking his own life. The race was put together to raise awareness for anti-bullying and mental health initiatives, with proceeds going to the McKinley family, local 4-H clubs, a potential scholarship in Tyson’s name, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Runners take off down Dickson Street Saturday in a 5K to remember WHS student Tyson McKinley, who took his own life Sept. 20.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2621.jpgRunners take off down Dickson Street Saturday in a 5K to remember WHS student Tyson McKinley, who took his own life Sept. 20.

Dukes cross country coach Bill Watters bows his head in prayer.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2611.jpgDukes cross country coach Bill Watters bows his head in prayer.

Rebeccah and Dennis Hartman flank Lilly and Sarah Holowatyj with dog Riley looking for shelter from rain.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2610.jpgRebeccah and Dennis Hartman flank Lilly and Sarah Holowatyj with dog Riley looking for shelter from rain.

Approximately 75 people participated in the run.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2623.jpgApproximately 75 people participated in the run.