Perry Badia was a perpetual running machine who died doing what he loved. On May 14, 2015, Perry was struck by a motorist while out for a run on the campus of Oakland University; he died later that night.
Perry discovered his love of running at Warren Cousino High School, where he joined the cross country team. To honor his memory and raise money for the Cousino Cross Country team, friends and family have organized the First Annual Perry Badia Memorial 5k Run/Walk, to be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309.
“We are holding this race to honor Perry in a way that would be meaningful to him,” said Dan Badia, Perry’s cousin and event organizer. “He was always upbeat and positive, and he felt best when he was out for a run. This will be my first race, and I will do it for Perry!”
Perry ran marathons in Chicago, New York and Boston. He ran 5ks, 10ks, the Dexter-Ann Arbor half-marathon, the Detroit Turkey Trot and the New Year’s Eve race on Belle Isle. He had some favorite routes through his Rochester Hills neighborhood, Stony Creek Metropark and on the campus of Oakland University where he also enjoyed playing golf on the University course.
He enjoyed many spectator sports, cooking, and spending time with his two daughters, Ashlee and Sabrina. Perry loved watching sports and attending games featuring his hometown teams. His favorites were the Detroit Tigers, MSU football, the Red Wings and Pistons.
When it came to participatory sports, baseball and golf were his favorites. But, nothing compared with running. When running, Perry was focused, centered and clear-headed. He ran under any conditions; through sleet, snow, extreme heat and frigid cold. He was prepared with the proper gear, but he also had grit and gumption.
Organizers ask that participants register online for the walk/race before the event. Cost is $25 before the event; $30 on race day. Event check-in begins at 8:00 a.m, and is followed by the Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m.
T-shirts, finishing medals, snacks, food and refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Badia family, friends, Christian Financial Credit Union, HTI Cybernetics Manufacturing Solutions, Novo Motor Acoustic Systems, RCD Restorations, and the Morano Family.
Friends and family will remember Perry’s devotion to his daughters, how he loved to cook with them, his infectious smile and his mischievous laugh. “We miss him very much,” Dan said. “He was taken from us too early, but this event will help keep his memory alive and raise some funds for a cause that was near and dear to his heart.”