Runners take off at the start of the 2019 Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K behind the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center in Ellsworth. This year’s race is scheduled for July 31. FILE PHOTO

Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K scheduled for July 31

ELLSWORTH — After a one-year hiatus, a road race in memory of a special little girl is set to return.

This year’s Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K has been scheduled for July 31 at the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center. The event will be DEFY’s first road race of 2021 and the first full road race since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K honors Kinsley Ray Archer, daughter of Holly Archer and Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Archer. Kinsley Ray passed away of acute myeloid lymphoma Dec. 10, 2018, at the age of 4 months.

A total of 650 people, a DEFY record for a road race, participated in the 2019 running of the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K. In all, the 2019 event raised more than $11,000 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of New England.

The event will be held in three waves with an early bird heat scheduled for 7:30 a.m., an open wave at 8:30 and walkers at 9. A virtual option will also be offered for those who will not be in attendance but would like their times (email to [email protected]) to be included in the final results.

Registration for the event is $20 for pre-registrants or $25 for race-day registrants. To pre-register for the race, go online to The pre-registration option will be available through July 29.

Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of New England. To make a donation or sponsor the race, contact DEFY Health and Wellness Director Robin Clarke via phone at 667-3086 or via email at [email protected]

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