The “Jace Race” is in memory of Jace Carrico, a nine-year old boy from New Sharon who fought a brain tumor for five years with strength and perseverance. Jace passed away on August 19th, 2008.
The Jace Race was established in June 2009 by his parents, Travis and Tara Carrico and his sister, Jenna. Jace had a special place in his heart for this community and for the people who poured out their love and support to him and his family. In 2010, the North Mahaska Education Foundation took leadership over the race. Alisha Briggs serves as a the race coordinator.
The North Mahaska Education Foundation, a non-profit organization, seeks to honor Jace’s memory and help the children of the New Sharon community in numerous ways, such as individual needs in the school and classroom settings, and an annual fine arts-based assembly through the Jace Race.