LAMPASAS — For the past five months, the community of Lampasas has been riding for Zac. Now, it will run for him.
In his 19 years, Zachary Dibble developed a reputation as a typical small-town boy growing up in Lampasas. A popular student among his high school peers, Dibble spent time as a distance runner on the Badgers’ varsity track team, actively participated in the FFA program and was a passionate fan of jacked-up trucks with loud exhausts.
“Zac loved adventure,” his mother, Lisa Canales-Dibble, said. “He was always looking for something, looking for a new adventure. I always called him my James Dean — my rebel without a cause. … He would just take every day as it comes.”
On April 27, the Class of 2012 graduate lost his life in a four-vehicle accident in Midland County as he traveled back to work in the area’s oil fields following a trip to Lampasas. In the months since, the words “We Ride 4 Zac” have become a common sight on his hometown streets as his friends use white shoe polish to relay the message on their rear windshields.
The community rallied around her family in the week following her son’s death and, among other things, created the Zac Dibble Memorial Scholarship Fund dedicated to providing financial assistance for students looking to attend trade school.
Canales-Dibble expects the outpouring of support will continue Saturday as she prepares for the first “We Run 4 Zac” Memorial 5k and One-Mile Sunset Run/Walk.
So far, as a grief-stricken mother and race organizer, she could not ask for anything more.
“It is so wonderful the way this community has come together to help,” Canales-Dibble said. “I had 46 sponsors and never had to ask for one. They all called me and said they wanted to sponsor … so all entry fees will be going directly into the scholarship fund.”
Approximately 135 people have signed up for the race with the field expected to be around 200 runners following on-site registration prior to the chip-timed event. The race will start and finish at the Hancock Park Golf Course at 700 Naruna Road.
Cost for the race, which is likely to become an annual event, is $25 for students and $35 for other participants with the top three in each of the 14 age groups receiving specialized awards.
“I have one of his senior pictures of him leaning up against a post, and it kind of reminds me of that picture of the Marlboro Man with his cowboy hat on,” Canales-Dibble said. “So, I had metal cutouts of that silhouette done and had them powder coated in gold, silver and bronze.”
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