TAMPA — Kevin McCall will be there before the sun comes up Saturday, feeling both excited and filled with grief.
Grateful that hundreds of people signed up to run in his son's honor, but wishing Ryan was here instead.
"The plan is that hopefully, in time, it becomes a thing that's more of a happy moment," McCall said of the first-annual Ryan's Run planned for Saturday morning in Ybor City. "But I'm going to be thinking of Ryan — the reason that brought us here."
Ryan McCall, 21, a University of Tampa student and aspiring track coach, was robbed and shot to death in August 2009 while walking home from a bar with an out-of-town friend. Police have yet to identify the killer.
After the first anniversary of McCall's death came and went, his family began planning a memorial race to fund a college scholarship for a local high school student involved in cross country.
"This is the ultimate way to honor him," McCall said of Ryan, who volunteered with high school track teams. "He was a very giving person."
Race registration is $25 and continues until the run begins Saturday morning. The first event, a 5K race, starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Ybor Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave.
Kevin McCall said more than 250 people have already registered. He's expecting to raise $15,000 to $20,000. Visit ryanpmccall.com for race information, to register or to download a scholarship application.
Anyone with information about McCall's death is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), which is offering a $51,000 reward.
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