Alex Maier, a beloved high school soccer player who lost his life a year ago, was remembered in spectacular fashion today by the San Luis Obispo community.
Over one thousand people strapped on their running shoes and hit the pavement for the SLO Color Blast Fun Run at San Luis Obispo High School. The cheers and laughter a welcome sound, after only a year ago there were only tears.
Alex Maier, at the time a senior at the high school, was behind the wheel on Highway 101 when his truck collided with another car near the Santa Rosa off-ramp. Two days later, Maier died from his injuries.
The Color Run is to remember Alex as he was, the likeable teenager that got along with almost everyone. You could say he was a person that brought some color into the lives of others.
"He was fun loving," says Cherry Maier, Alex's mother. "Things didn't bother him, he loved his friends. He was light hearted."
As an avid soccer player who spent most of his free time on the field, the location of the event was an easy choice.
"Alex had huge ties to the school," says Alex's dad, Gary Maier. "The school has been incredibly supportive. We just wanted to give back a little bit to the school."
For mom and dad, the outpouring of support was enough to brighten their day.
"It was amazing. Very uplifting, everybody was having fun and being crazy. That's what we love."
All proceeds from the run go to the Alex Maier Scholarship Fund to benefit graduating seniors.