News Releases

August 15, 2011
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Vivian Cheadle-Manning
Clark College Foundation
Telephone: 360-992-2104


The (10)K-Rod Run

The 7th annual Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25,
supporting student scholarships and education in the battle against brain cancer


K-Rod Walk Run 2011VANCOUVER, Wash. – It began with family and friends walking across the Clark College campus.  Now celebrating its seventh year, the Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk has grown into a 10K run, attracting participants from across the region.   

The event, which is held in memory of Clark College alumnus Kalani Rodrigues, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25.  The 10K run and 5K run will each begin at 9 a.m. The 5K walk will begin at 9:20 a.m.

This year, for the first time, K-Rod runners will be able to take advantage of chip timing, managed by Race Northwest.  Each runner will receive a chip to attach to one of their shoes.  The chip will automatically send a signal when the runner crosses the finish line, providing an exact time to the timekeeper. 

The starting line for the 10K K-Rod Run, the 5K K-Rod Run, and the 5K K-Rod Walk is at the Kim Christensen Soccer Field on the Clark College main campus. 

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Parking will be available at the college in red lots 1-3 and yellow lot 1. Driving directions and parking maps are available at

The 10K Run will be an open-course, timed event. Runners -- including Clark College President Robert K. Knight -- will enjoy a dynamic route through downtown Vancouver, along the Columbia River and through the beautiful Fort Vancouver National Site.  The route will conclude at the landmark Clark College Chime Tower.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit  or call 360-992-2301.  Same day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Clark College.

The K-Rod Run/Walk raises funds for scholarships for student athletes attending Clark College.  It also raises awareness of the importance that education plays in ending cancer through research.

About Kalani Rodrigues and the K-Rod Run/Walk

Kalani RodriguesIn the late summer of 2004, track athlete and Clark College alumnus Kalani Rodrigues envisioned a community run/walk event to generate awareness for brain cancer and its treatment.  He wanted to be among those running in what he called the “K-Rod” Run. But in December 2004, Kalani Rodrigues died of brain cancer.  He was just 21.   

In 2005, family, friends and community volunteers honored Kalani Rodrigues’ dream by establishing the K-Rod Run/Walk. 

To date, proceeds and donations to an endowment established in Rodrigues’ name have generated more than $70,000 in athletic scholarship funds and provided scholarships to more than 20 students.  The event has also raised awareness of brain cancer treatment options in the region.

Event chair Lori Jimerson said, “Kalani would be thrilled to know that this event is now in its seventh year and is now a 10K run. He would be proud to know that the event supports other student athletes by providing scholarships to attend Clark College.  And he would be humbled to see how many people believe in his dream.”

The 2011 K-Rod Run/Walk is supported by Alpha Graphics, Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, Clark Country Ham Radio Club, The Columbian, Fishead, Fit Right Northwest, Hula Boy Charbroil, Noho’s Hawaiian Café, Nutter Corporation, Race Northwest and Tommy O’s as well as the Clark College Penguin Athletic Club.