William Joseph Howard was a regular teenager who, like many others, loved sports, the outdoors, his friends, and his family. He was a very caring boy who always strived to do the right thing.
Everyone was Will's friend.
He was kind, and respectful to all. He would go out of his way to assist others. Will also looked up to hard-working people as role-models, and had an entrepreneur attitude himself. He always saved his money for important things that would have clear benefits to him, or those surrounding him.
Will was hilarious.
He always took the initiative to make others happy. Will had a zest for life, and demonstrated that leadership comes from everyday words and actions. Will's life tragically ended on May 2, 2009 in a bicycle accident just six days shy of his 14th birthday.
He would have attended Plainfield High School in the autumn of 2009. In his memory, his friends and family have created a scholarship to honor the life of William Joseph Howard.
This $1,000 scholarship is open to any Plainfield High School college-bound senior who deomonstrates similar endearing qualities. Since the inception of the Will's Way Scholarship in 2010, we are proud to have awarded $9500.00 in scholarships.
2014 NEWS--- Another 5k for this year's 5k!!!
Due to last year's incredible level of sponsorships and runner/walker turnout, we will be giving another two $2,500 scholarship awards to one male and one female!
The Will's Way scholarship is open to any college bound student graduating from Plainfield High School.
The name, Will's Way, represents the truly unique characteristics that made Will who he was. In a 250 - 500 word essay (MLA format), explain how concern for others (or putting others first) plays a part in your life: present, past and future. Each essay will be reviewed by the Will's Way Scholarship Committee. In the spirit of fairness and equality, except on the cover sheet, please do not include your name on any part of the application. In all areas where a name would be indicated, use the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, including the header on each page of your essay.
All essay entries must be completed and returned to Mrs. Belisle in the Guidance Department by April 22, 2014.
Download and print full details and scholarship forms here.
In 2010, the event: "Will's Way 5k" was set up with the initiative of funding a scholarship program in the name of William Joseph Howard in the form of a 5k run and walk. During the spring of 2010, his friends and family met countless times discussing and planning the event. With hard work and determination, they accomplished their goals and the first annual Will's Way 5k proved profitable and enjoyable for all- a feat achieved only through the tenacious efforts and "will" of it's many volunteers.
The name, Will's Way, represents the truly unique characteristics that made William who he was.
There was definitely a "Will's way".
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: Registration – 7:30 a.m.
5k Race – 9:00 a.m.
5k Walk-A-Thon – 8:00 a.m.
Location: Plainfield Town Hall, 8 Community Ave., Plainfield, CT
Fee: Pre-registered runners before 5/1/2014 – $15.00
Runners 12 & under – $12.00 or FREE with $50.00 in paid sponsors
General Race Registration – $20.00 or FREE with $50.00 in paid sponsors
Free t-shirts for first 150 registered runners/walkers.
– For more details and a sponsor form, click here.
It begins at the Town Hall, veering onto Payson Street until the intersection of Route 12. Follow Route 12 North to Cemetery Road to Canterbury Road (Route 14A East). Follow 14A East to Babcock Avenue. Babcock merges into Community Avenue and finishes at the Plainfield Town Hall.
Free t-shirt for the first 150 registered people (walkers or runners)
Post-race award ceremonies
Preschool Kid's Fun Run
Online Registration (walkers and runners)
How many miles is a 5k?
5 kilometers is equivalent to 3.1 miles.
I won't be able to attend the 5k but would still like to donate. How can I do so?
Please make a check out to "Will's Way 5k Scholarship Fund" and send it to:
Can I bring my dog?
We ask you to please leave your pets at home.
Where can I view Will's Way race results?
You can view 2013 results here.
(Courtesy of SNERRO, LLC
You can view 2012 results here.
You can view 2011 results here.
(Courtesy of Fast Track Timing, LLC.)
You can view 2010 results here.
(Courtesy of www.coolrunning.com.)
If you have a question that hasn't been answered here or elsewhere on this site, please feel free to email:
Chris Messier, Race Director firstname.lastname@example.org