Kirby Park is the setting Sunday for the 8th annual Parker Palermo race presented by King’s College’s Cross Country teams. The race is a good way for the runners to take a break away from the rigorous every day training of running while helping out in honor of a former runner. Coach Mike Kolinovsky, who is in his thirteenth season as the leader of the cross country program is very excited for this years edition of the race. “Its always a fun time and we have a record number of pre-registrations for this years race,” Kolinovsky said of the race.
Parker Palermo, was a 2003 graduate of King’s College and a runner for Kolinovsky’s team who passed away on September 11, 2006. Kolinovsky described Palermo as a “fun guy who loved animals.” Palermo, who was looking to go to veterinarian school, was working at the Plains Animal Hospital before his tragic passing. “Parker was always caring for animals. He always had an animal of some sort at his house. He cared for dogs, cats, and even lambs. Parker was always looking for people to adopt the animals,” Kolinovsky said. Kolinovsky added, “ Parker was actually the person that gave my wife and I our dog, a golden lab, before we had kids”. Palermo also ran track for King’s intramural program and swam for a year at the school prior to his graduation. Palermo also had a great sense of humor and was always having fun. Kolinovsky said Palermo was very funny and could recite movie lines out of memory. “One day he recited the entire Dumb and Dumber movie line for line.” Kolinovsky spoke about the impact by saying, “Parker had a big impact on my life and his teammates lives. He was well-respected and always making people laugh.”
Walk-in registrations for the race start at 7:45 with the race beginning at 9:30 and the cost for the race is $20. Kolinovsky said the record is 112 runners and he is expecting to possibly surpass that number in this years’ edition of the race.