Fightin' Irish 5K Ken Klipp Classic
The 2018 Fightin' Irish Ken Klipp Classic was dedicated to Bishop McNamara alum, Ryan Beaupre.
Ryan Beaupre graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in 1991. While a student here, he excelled both in the classroom and on the athletic field. He was an Illinois State Scholar and an Illinois State Champion. He ran on two state qualifying cross-country teams, and qualified for the State Track meet in four events. As a junior, he led off the 3200 meter relay team that placed 4th overall and set the school record which still stands today. As a senior, he qualified for the state meet in 3 events. He anchored the 3200 meter relay, coming from 30 yards back to earn the final medal and carry his team to the awards stand. A few hours later, he led off the 1600 meter relay team that went on to win the state title. That team of Ryan, Keith Nugent, Chad Nugent, and Tyrone Noble still hold the school record.
After graduating from Bishop McNamara, Ryan attended Illinois Weslyan University in Bloomington, earning a business degree. After a short business career, Ryan entered the marine corps in order to serve his country and fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot. He earned his wings as a helicopter pilot and rose to the rank of captain.
In the opening hours of the war in Iraq, Captain Beaupre was piloting a Marine Sea Knight helicopter on a mission that, in the words of his commanding general, was "critical to the early success of our war effort." In a letter to Ryan's parents, the general stated that only the most seasoned and skilled pilots had been hand-picked and trained specifically for this assignment. While carrying out this mission, Captain Beaupre's helicopter crashed, and all on board were lost.
Ryan has been remembered by family and friends as a man of outstanding character, integrity, courage, and compassion. The entire Bishop McNamara community, as well as the town of St. Anne and the entire country, are extremely proud of this fine young man. Throughout his life, he was a role model for his peers and an exemplary leader. He wanted the baton first, whether it was in a state championship relay or in the opening battle of a war. He will be dearly missed, but he will never be forgotten.
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The 5K Run and 2-Mile walk begins at Bishop McNamara Catholic School, 550 W. Brookmont Boulevard, Kankakee and runs through the Village of Bradley.
Leprechaun Dash (ages 8 and under- no fee- no pre-registration required)
5K Age Group Winners
Top 5K, 2 Mile Walkers