“Jacinda’s life was taken in a tragic, unforeseen, violent manner: domestic violence,” runner Jessica Rigo said.
As devastating as domestic violence is, it was the memory of running with Jacinda that helped Rigo and others deal with their grief — just as it was Jacinda who helped Rigo grieve in her running shoes in the wake of her father’s death to cancer.
“Jacinda was a force. An inspiration. A bright light,” Rigo said. “So many things to so many people.”
Today, the memory and legacy of Jacinda Miller runs on to support others and help prevent more domestic violence, and the third annual Chester County Half Marathon & Memorial 5K will honor her memory on May 21 at the Coatesville Country Club.
“I don’t always cry at mile 2, but many times I still do,” Rigo said. “Occasionally, when I am running all alone in the quiet, I feel Jacinda in her rightful place — next to my right shoulder. Just for a split second, she lets me know that she is with me … to keep trying, keep moving forward … and to keep running.”
The course is certified by USA Track & Field, with the half marathon starting at 8:30 AM and the 5K following with an 8:45 start.
For runners who want to sign up, the half marathon is $75 for pre-registration through May 14 or $85 on race weekend. The 5K is $35 for pre-registration through May 14 and $40 on race weekend. Race fees are tax-deductible minus $10, with the proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Jacinda Miller Education Fund and the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.
The event also welcomes sponsorships, which are fully tax-deductible, and volunteers to help with the races.
Learn more about the Chester County Half Marathon & Memorial 5K and how to register to run here.