Jared Anez was a father, husband, local agriculture business owner, school board chairman, and an active member of the Willmar community who passed away unexpectedly in March of 2017. Jared was passionate about education and a healthy, active lifestyle. A desire to help facilitate the education of Willmar area youth was what drove him to run for his position on the school board. While serving on the board, the expansion of Willmar Public Schools’ facilities, Lakeland Elementary, in particular, was extremely important to him and he would have been very proud of the fine new elementary school we enjoy today.

Therefore, we are honoring Jared’s life and his commitment to our community with a run/walk this summer that will begin and end at Willmar High School, Saturday, August 1.  Participants are asked to take precautions and to social distance.

13K begins at 7:15 am, 5 k begins at 8 am followed by kids race.

There is a vitual option available for those not comfortable coming in person.

Walkers are welcome, kids and teens receive a discounted entry fee. Proceeds will be given in a scholarship in Jared's honor.

Sign up site: https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Willmar/JaredAnezMemorial5K

View scholarship information for TEEN (13-17 years old) and CHILD (12 years old and younger) participants.

Facebook page:  Jared Anez Memorial Race

Deadline to guarantee a T-Shirt was July 23rd


  • Starting Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, repeated every week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until Thursday, July 23, 2020 — all day
  • Occurred Saturday, August 1st, 2020 @ 7:15 am – 8:15 am


Willmar High School