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Annual race dedicated to Fairport teacher killed in crash

Posted at: 12/09/2012 8:44 PM
Updated at: 12/10/2012 12:34 AM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

An annual race was held in honor of a Fairport teacher hit and killed while riding her bike in July. In addition to being a teacher, Heather Boyum was also an athlete, which is why Sunday's dedication was so fitting. The Eastside Family YMCA honored Boyum with its "We-Tri" Indoor Triathlon.

News10NBC spoke to Boyum's husband, Eric.  He says he and their two young children are doing okay and they are looking forward to the holiday, but they know it will be hard.

Sheriff's deputies say Boyum was hit by a motorcycle then a car while riding her bike on Route 250 in Penfield in July. Her death affected a large part of the Fairport community. She was a teacher for the district for 10 years. She was also an active athlete, making many friends during her races. That is why her husband says she would be very touched to know this race now honors her.

"She was pretty active in triathlons and running races around the area in the last 3 or 4 years," said Heather's husband, Eric Boyum. "She loved doing it. She was a swimmer in highschool and college, so she liked races like this because it kind of equalized her. Swimming was an equal part of the race. She felt she had an advantage and she did win last year."

The proceeds raised at Sunday's race were donated to the Heather Boyum Memorial Children's Education Fund, which will help her two young children pay for college.