May 17, 2020

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

May 17, 2020 Organized by Ryan Volker and Rose Scarpa Memorial Scholarship

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About this event

May 17, 2020

**Update April 24, 2020**

The Ninja Run will be a VIRTUAL RUN on Sunday May 17th 2020. 


**Update March 15, 2020**

Following CDC guidelines from March 15th, I have tentatively rescheduled the Ninja Run for Sunday May 17th 2020. 


**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

We have decided to make this year’s Ninja Run a Virtual Run!  But what exactly is a virtual run? Runners register online and simply choose their own starting line on any neighborhood street. You run 5k or 3.10 miles.  Track your run using your favorite running app like RunKeeper or Strava, take a picture of your screen and upload your finishing time on this page:

A few days later you will receive your t-shirt by delivery or mail.  We will run or walk on Sunday May 17. Be sure to be safe and practice social distancing.  Have fun and dress as your favorite Ninja. Post pictures on Facebook and tag the "Ryan Volker and Rose Scarpa Memorial Scholarship".  There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Men’s and Women's divisions.  Everyone that registers for the 5k will get a t-shirt after the run.  

If you would like to sponsor our event and help with this scholarship, you can donate a minimum of $200 and be a featured company on the backs of this year’s 5K shirt.  The Raffle for this year has been canceled.  If you would like to donate this year please contact Suzi Stempeck at or 775-690-9555.  Sponsorships are due by May 15th 2020.   

Sign up as a team and receive a $5 discount.  Teams can have 3 or more members and any combination of runners, walkers, adults or kids.  If you have any difficulties signing up your team contact Suzi at 775-690-9555 or 

It's not too late to sign up.  You can register on-line until 11:59pm May 16th!

Thank you for your support!

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