CROSS COUNTRY: APSU student’s benefit cross-country run crosses Trigg County
by Alan Reed, Tribune-Courier News Editor -- areed@tribunecourier.com
Jul 25, 2012 | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Austin Peay student Tracee Gruskiewicz is completing a 1,900-mile cross-country benefit run that took her through Trigg County over the weekend.</i>
Alan Reed, Tribune-Courier

Austin Peay student Tracee Gruskiewicz is completing a 1,900-mile cross-country benefit run that took her through Trigg County over the weekend.

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HARDIN — Two causes and a record have spurred a Clarksville woman to run across the U.S.

Tracee Gruskiewicz, 24, said she originally hails from Williamsfield, Ohio, and attends Austin Peay State University to study pre-veterinary skills. She said her run began 1,900 miles ago in Huntington Beach, Calif., and will end in Wilmington, N.C. As she is forbidden by law from running on interstate highways, she runs along back roads. The Saturday leg of her run took her from west of Mayfield through Hardin, followed by a trek through Trigg County. She averages about 35 miles per day.

“I’m doing this to raise awareness and usage of therapy animals for people with disabilities, and in memory of Cole and Karen Ferguson,” Gruskiewicz said.

Gruskiewicz said Cole was 21-years-old and disabled. A former caregiver was out on bond after being charged with abusing Cole. This man broke in to the Fergusons’ Gulfport, Miss. home and killed Cole, and his mother Karen, 49, in front of Cole’s 5-year-old brother. Gruskiewicz is calling her run Cole’s Run in his honor, and plans to use the first $10,000 to create scholarships for Cole’s two younger brothers. Other funds raised will go to Clarksville-area therapy programs.

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