MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - More than 200 runners showed up despite rainy weather to Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson Sunday in memory of Channon Christian.
Christian was kidnapped and murdered along with Chris Newsom 5 years ago. Sentences for some of the accused were thrown out after Judge Baumgartner was accused of working under the influence of drugs.
The run was sponsored by the Channon Christian Gayle Memorial Fund. The money provides scholarships for Farragut High School females planning to enroll at the University of Tennessee. Candidates must display a desire to serve the country's youth, a cause Christian's parents say was close to her heart.
"One of the scholarship recipients is going to medical school. We have one recipient that does mission trips all over the world. And others are going to be nurses and teachers to help the community's youth," said memorial treasurer Lisa Cecil.
Not all at the run have followed the long legal saga, but all were there to support a good cause.
"Great things can come from tragic stories. So I just thought it was a great cause and I wanted to be part of it," said Doyle Fleming.
As for Christian's parents, the memorial keeps her memory alive.
"We don't ever want anyone to forget Channon or Chris so this is just an amazing turnout," said Deena Christian.