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Ninja Run 5k

April 8, 2018

The purpose of the first annual Ninja Run is to continue the legacy and to honor two remarkable young people: Rose Scarpa and Ryan Volker, who were killed in an automobile accident before they could start their lives together.

The first thing Rose ever wanted to be was a ninja and she worked hard toward that goal, earning a blue belt in Kung Fu by age ten and a gold belt in Tae Kwon Do at 22. One of her favorite past times was watching Kung Fu movies with her mom.  As she grew up, she discovered a love of cooking and pursued this goal with equal vigor; graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and becoming a professional chef.

While cooking at the Atlantis in Reno, she met and fell in love with Ryan, who was also a chef.  As a child Ryan and his brothers loved the “Ninja Turtles” and since their single Dad walked with a cane as did the Ninjas’ master, they christened themselves the Turtles. Upon Ryan and Roses’ passing, the three remaining brothers got matching Ninja Turtle tattoos. This is how the ninja theme originated.

Rose and Ryan were leaving for Oregon on the first leg of a trip to cook around the world when they were killed swerving to avoid a deer. Ryan was planning to propose to Rose upon their return.

This run is in their honor and to raise money so some deserving culinary student can obtain a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America to continue Rose and Ryan’s dream.


If you want to learn more or donate directly to the scholarship here is the link:



Event details and schedule

Come have fun and run dressed as your favorite Ninja!  We will be running out and back on the Truckee River Path.

There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Men’s and Ladies’ divisions.

Register by March 22 to get a T-shirt.

If you would like to sponsor our event and help with this scholarship, you may do so in a few ways; donate a minimum of $200 and be a featured company on the backs of this year’s 5K shirt, or donate a raffle prize (prizes can include gift certificates to local restaurants and events, gift baskets ranging from movie nights to family nights to date nights, or prizes like a bottle of wine).  This year we would love donations similar but not limited to these.  If you would like to donate this year please contact Suzi Stempeck at sstempeck@gmail.com or 775-690-9555.  Sponsorships are due by March 23rd 2018, and raffle prizes due by April 1st 2018.

Packet pick up will be on April 6th from 3pm to 8pm at Freestyle Martial Arts (9590 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV).

Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you this year on Sunday, April 8th, 2018.

9 AM Sunday April 8, 2018

Idlewild Park Rose Garden
75 Cowan Dr.
Reno, NV 89509


Idelwild Park
1805 Idelwild Dr.
Reno, NV 89509 United States
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