KT Remembrance Run scheduled for Sept. 10

The event is put on by KT Humble Hearts Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created by Deb Hadley, in memory of her two children, Kaylie and Tyler.

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Participants of the 2021 KT Remembrance Run line up at the start of the 5K walk/run.
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ALEXANDRIA — The 2nd annual KT Remembrance Run is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lake Brophy County Park .

The event is put on by KT Humble Hearts Foundation , a 501c3 nonprofit organization created by Deb Hadley , who is the bereavement coordinator at Knute Nelson, in memory of her two children, Kaylie and Tyler.

Kaylie Hogue and her stepbrother, Tyler Hadley, passed away nine months apart. Hogue passed away of Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy and Hadley died in a car crash along with three other young men. The KT Humble Hearts Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was created by their mother, Deb Hadley of Alexandria, in their honor.
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Kaylie died of an epileptic seizure on June 5, 2013 at the age of 24. She was an English teacher at Martin County West High School in Sherburn.

Nine months and two days later, on March 7, 2014, Tyler was tragically killed in a car accident that also claimed the lives of three other young men. Tyler, who was living and working in Mankato at the time, was just 20 years old.

“This event, and the foundation, is a way to help us grieve the loss of Kaylie and Ty, and bring good from all of the suffering we have endured,” said Hadley, who lives in Alexandria with her husband, Scott.
The proceeds from the event will go toward helping people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, she added.


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After last year’s event, Hadley said that some of the money went to families who needed help paying for funerals after unexpected deaths. Money has also been used for gift baskets that include resources for those who are grieving.

“We just want to help,” said Hadley. “We want to provide hope to people who have lost loved ones. Beautiful things can come from suffering. This event brings healing to us and we hope it brings healing to others."

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At the 2021 KT Remembrance Run, signs with names of loved ones who had died were placed along the route.
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During the event, there will be a dove release, a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile run/walk, a free-will offering meal and a program with music provided by Sara Severson and the Calvary Lutheran Worship Band.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 4 to 4:45 p.m. – registration opens
  • 4:45 to 5 p.m. – dove release
  • 5 to 6 p.m. – walk/run
  • 6 to 8 p.m. – inspirational program and music, along with recognition of those who have passed including names and pictures (bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on)

For more information, go to and search for KT Remembrance Run . For questions, send an email to .

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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