The Brown School is racing for "Ricey" June 2 -- for late Peabody Firefighter James Rice, that is.
The 5K and milelong fun run/walk fundraiser, which will benefit Rice's family, is being organized by Brown School parents and is just the latest effort by the school community to support the family in the wake of tragedy. Rice died in the line of duty on Dec. 23, 2011.
"The Brown School, as well as the city of Peabody, felt a great loss [that day]," said parent Lisa O'Connell -- the Rice family lives across the street and two of the children are students at the elementary school.
"We want an event that brings family, friends and the community together to recognize his great service and sacrifice," she said. "The family will always have a special place in our hearts, as well as all the Peabody police and firefighters."
A Zumba fitness fundraiser was held in the school gym in April and the entire Brown community rallied around Amy Rice and her children Alyssa, Katelyn and Ryan with numerous forms of support in the immediate days after James Rice's death.
You can register online for the 5K or mile fun run/walk until May 31 at 6 a.m. T-shirts go to the first 100 runners in the 5K.
The 5K course is just out from the Brown to Higgins Middle School and back, while the mile course goes to the Lynn Street fire station and back.
O'Connell says registration the day of at the school starts at 7:30 a.m. along with raffle ticket sales. The fun run/walk kicks of at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Once the last runner crosses the finish line, she says, the raffle winners will be drawn.
Pre-registration for the 5K is $20 and $25 on June 2. The fun run/walk is $10 either way. All proceeds go to the James Rice Memorial Fund.
The race is being sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank and O'Connell says Salem Five Bank is contributing an autographed Dustin Pedroia baseball for the raffle. North Shore Timing Co. will be providing professional timing services.