NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - People from all over north Mississippi and surrounding states were in New Albany for the second running of the Amanda Price 5K and 10K Memorial Run.
Over a thousand people laced up their shoes and participated in the race, as hundreds ran on the streets of New Albany.
"Coming out here today was just bringing the whole town together," adds Allie Newby, student. "It really just makes you feel like one big family and I am glad I got to run this year."
"I personally didn't know Amanda, but through the way she lived it just sets an example for everyone else," added Lauren Jeter, participant.
For those who knew her they say events like this are important to participate in and help support.
"[She was a] very special person to all of us," added Anjanette Powers, participant. "That's why so many Phi Mu's showed up today, because she was the heart of what she did in Cleveland and Delta State and so we were all very very good freinds."
"Well I was a sorority sister for Amanda and we danced together at Delta State University, so we wouldn't miss this for the world," added Amber Gholston, Fulton resident. "It was wonderful to come out here and support our sorority sister."
Widower Ron Price says this event symbolizes her spirit and willingness to help others.
"That was Amanda's goal," adds Ron Price, New Albany High School football coach. "She wanted to make people happy and bring people together. This event right here is a great example of how she is still bringing folks together."
For people who registered and participate in either the 5K or 10K all proceeds raised from this event go to two charitable causes.
"Hopefully these donations will go to do exactly what they need to," adds Price. "[It can] further their organizations."
The memorial run has special meaning to so many and whether they knew Amanda or didn't, one thing is for sure: the support and well wishes for her family will always be there.
"We love Amanda and we support their family and think about them all the time," said Amanda Wilburn, participant.
"It means a lot to our family," adds Price. "[It] just shows that Amanda's legacy is still carrying on."
Though she is no longer present in person, many here say her smile and what she stood for will never be forgotten.
The winners at this years races were Kelsea Posadas in the 5K and Austin Epting in the 10K.
The charities supported are JA for scholarships and Survival, Inc., which helps victims cope with violent crimes.