LaVallee Memorial Run is this Saturday at Bertram Chain of Lakes

Local enthusiasm and sponsorship support grew quickly once organizers finalized their plans for Saturday’s Blazin’ Thru Bertram – Phil LaVallee Memorial Run.

LaVallee, a 2012 Monticello High School graduate who was preparing to begin his sophomore year at South Dakota State University, was hit and killed by a van while running on a county road Aug. 8.

A 4-mile trail run or a 2.5 mile walk through the Bertram Regional Park starts Saturday at 9 a.m. Participants should access the park at the south entrance.The Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park is located at 1744 90th Street N.E. Register at or visit

Race participants can also register by calling the Monticello Community Center at 763-295-2954 through Friday, Sept. 13. Those interested in serving as race-day volunteers should contact Kitty Baltos at 763-271-3268.

Race registration is $15 online or by telephone prior to the event or $20 the day of the race, Baltos said.

Registrations will be taken at the park, Baltos added.

All who register for Saturday’s Blazin’ Thru Bertram – Phil LaVallee Memorial Run will get a commemorative T-shirt.