With over 70 schools and 2,000 athletes attending, the 2018 Katie Caples Invitational is set to be the largest and one of the most competitive years in the events long running history.
Originally named the Greater Jax Invite, the race was renamed in 1998 to honor the memory of Katie Caples a Bishop Kenny cross country runner who passed away due to a car accident during her junior year.
As a new driver Katie had recently made the decision to register as an organ donor. Her ultimate act of generosity saved the lives of five individuals and further enhanced the lives of several others.
Inspired by Katie's example David and Susan Caples founded the Katie Caples Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of becoming an organ donor. The Katie Caples Foundation believes that anyone and everyone should register to become an organ donor, and has partnered with area schools, Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Shands Hospital, DMVs and Tax Collector offices to extend their message throughout the northeast Florida area.