Stefanie McKelvey and Stefanie Dever, 2012 graduates of Loveland High School attended the 3rd Annual Capt. Seth Memorial Hero Run on Saturday morning to pay tribute to another alum. The pair were recipients last year of a scholarship awarded in the name of Mitchell. To kick off the race, the past year's winners of the scholarship award; return to say thank you.
These are the remarks McKelvey and Dever shared this morning:
He was brave. He was genuine. He was personable. He was honorable.
Seth Mitchell was a man that embodied a spirit and a character that changed the lives of many. We are two of those lucky lives.
The Seth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship not only helped enable us to go to the colleges of our choices, but it also helped us do some soul searching in our own lives.
Seth’s friends and family saw character traits of Seth within our personalities… and that is a true honor in itself. Seth and his loved ones reminded us how important it is to stay true to ourselves and live in a way that we are proud of. They reminded us that although our accomplishments may be important, the people we are deep down… the way we treat the people around us… is what lives on after we’re gone.
Seth’s legacy is a reminder to all of us how important it is to live a life full of purpose and selflessness. He is a true hero. A hero in this country, in this town, and in the hearts of every life he has touched.
So thank you Seth, not only for your service, but also for the person you were, and for the lives you have changed.
Marine Capt. David Seth Mitchell was a former football player at Loveland High School and the Class President when he graduated in 1997. He was the first LHS graduate to die while fighting in the Middle East wars when he was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Monday, October 26, 2009.
The race activities were in Nisbet Park in Historic Downtown Loveland. Runners and walkers ran through some residential streets before heading north on the Loveland Bike Trail. The finish line was also in Nisbet Park.