Maryville church holds 5K race one year after deadly crash

Maryville church holds 5K race one year after deadly crash

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Hundreds of runners took part in a 5K race Sunday afternoon to honor the lives of two Cedar Grove Baptist Church members killed in a wreck last year. Hundreds of runners took part in a 5K race Sunday afternoon to honor the lives of two Cedar Grove Baptist Church members killed in a wreck last year.
"We were a fantastic church group before, we were a strong happy family before, and we're determined to get right back to that. We're not going to let us become September 16th," said Kim Trussell, Jeff Trussell's wife. "We were a fantastic church group before, we were a strong happy family before, and we're determined to get right back to that. We're not going to let us become September 16th," said Kim Trussell, Jeff Trussell's wife.
"It's a blessing to be here. It was a struggle to get here and it took a lot of faith, a lot of prayer, a lot of trust in the Lord. Enough trust in myself that I had the courage to get through it," Kelsi Jones said. "It's a blessing to be here. It was a struggle to get here and it took a lot of faith, a lot of prayer, a lot of trust in the Lord. Enough trust in myself that I had the courage to get through it," Kelsi Jones said.
"Faith is a mustard seed and she had it. To have that they say you can move mountains and look she's moving mountains," added Nancy Kaliszewski. "Faith is a mustard seed and she had it. To have that they say you can move mountains and look she's moving mountains," added Nancy Kaliszewski.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of runners took part in a 5K race Sunday afternoon to honor the lives of two Cedar Grove Baptist Church members killed in a wreck last year.

Youth pastor Jeff Trussell and 16-year-old Courteney Kaliszewski were killed in a head-on crash in September 2012 along Chapman Highway near Seymour.

Organizers say Sunday's race was all about healing. They wanted for the entire church family to come together and remember all those who died in the crash last year

Money raised at the event will be given to local first responders who were there to help last September.

More than 500 people ran to remember Trussell and Kaliszewski.

"I would see pictures while we were running of the man that got killed in the accident so that kept me going," said Samantha Jones.

The pair's favorite colors, green and blue, were tied together. Courteney's mom, Nancy Kaliszewski, says Sunday's race was proof they left behind a legacy.

"Faith is a mustard seed and she had it. To have that they say you can move mountains and look she's moving mountains," Kaliszewski said.

Kelsi Jones was one of the teens who survived the crash. She had to miss a full year of school because of her injuries.

"It's a blessing to be here. It was a struggle to get here and it took a lot of faith, a lot of prayer, a lot of trust in the Lord. Enough trust in myself that I had the courage to get through it," she said.

Wearing a message on her hand that read "Hold On" was Jones' way to honor the lives lost one year ago.

"My Uncle Jeff who was driving, the last words he said before we were hit were 'hold on,'" added Jones.

This race was about healing, holding on, and continuing to be strong.

"We were a fantastic church group before, we were a strong happy family before, and we're determined to get right back to that. We're not going to let us become September 16th," said Kim Trussell, Jeff Trussell's wife.

Organizers say they plan on holding this 5K every year.

The man accused of driving under the influence in this deadly crash is 21-year-old Tyler Schaeffer.

Officers say they found narcotics inside Schaeffer's wrecked SUV. Ten other passengers were in the church van at the time of this crash.

Schaeffer faces several charges, including vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI.

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