3rd Annual Ryan Volker and Rose Scarpa Memorial Scholarship 5k Ninja Run

75 Cowan Drive
Reno, NV 89509

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**Update March 12, 2020**

Late this morning we were informed by the City of Reno that the city and Washoe County are cancelling all events through April 30, 2020.

We are going to reschedule the Ninja Run and will get back to you as soon as possible with the new date.  Anyone that can't make it on the new date will be given a refund. 

Please be safe as our community and the rest of the world continues to deal with the impact of the coronavirus. Thank you for your patience while we deal with this situation.



The purpose of The Third 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 dress as your favorite Ninja! We will be running or walking along the Truckee River path. Meet at the Idlewild Park Rose Garden at 8:30am for a start time of 9am, Sunday April 5.

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

Register by March 26th at noon 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 2020, and raffle prizes due by April 1st 2020. 

Sign up as a team and receive a $5 discount.  Sign up by March 13th for $20 per runner. After March 13th $25 per runner.  Teams can have 3 or more members and any combination of runners, walkers, adults or kids.  There will be no team registration on race day.  If you have any difficulties signing up your team contact Suzi at 775-690-9555 or sstempeck@gmail.com 

Packet pick up will be Friday April 3rd at Freestyle Martial Arts Academy 9590 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 89523 from 3pm to 7pm.  You can also pick up packets the morning of the race at Idlewild Park from 8am to 8:45 am.  Text or call Suzi at 775-690-9555 if you need to make special arrangements to pick up your packet.   

It's not too late to sign up.  You can register on-line until 11:59pm April 4th and pick up your packet at 8am the morning of the run at Idlewild park.  We will take registrations the morning of the run also. Please bring cash or check to sign up the day of the race.  


Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you this year on Sunday, April 5th, 2020.


9 AM Sunday April 5, 2020

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

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