ella in polka dot dressWhy run Ella run? Who is Ella?

Gabriella “Ella” Shumate was an exuberant, precocious four-year old who instantly stole hearts with crystal blue-green eyes and her vivacious princess spirit. She expected all to pay attention to her and attended to all, making everyone her friend.

Her life was tragically taken on Monday, May 16, 2011. Ella was riding home with her father when the car they were in, was hit head on by a drunk driver. The collision killed Ella and left her father critically injured.

The Gabriella Shumate Memorial Foundation was born

The Run Ella Run Memorial 5k is a running/walking event that raises funds for the Gabriella Shumate Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization created for the purpose of bringing happiness to children. We are also committed to promoting safe driving and the prevention of unnecessary deaths.

Through the help of our generous sponsors, donors and community liaisons, we have been able to continue to meet and exceed our goals of uplifting children in the community.

We appreciate your support in remembering Ella and keeping her spirit of love and kindness alive!