Sat, Jun 19 | Owensboro

TREK 2021

A wonderful event and fundraiser to support St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children, Yewell Home for Boys and Hayden Home for Girls- all of which, provide a safe haven for vulnerable and at-risk youth in our community.
TREK 2021

Time & Location

Jun 19, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Owensboro, Ben Hawes State Park Rd D, Owensboro, KY 42301, USA

About the Event

TREK XXIV is quickly approaching! - A wonderful event and fundraiser to support St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children, Yewell Home for Boys and upcoming Hayden Home for Girls- all of which, provide a safe haven for vulnerable and at-risk youth in our community. 

Join us on June 19th, 2021 for the 24th Annual Yewell TREK in Ben Hawes State Park, Owensboro, Kentucky. This is a family fun event, open to all ages where participants can choose to run, walk, or bike a 13-mile course that begins at 7:00AM - with the opening ceremony taking place at the park. 

A donation of $25 is encouraged, but not required to participate in the event. All donations will benefit the children at St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children and Yewell Home for Boys in Owensboro. FREE t-shirts will be given out on a first come, first serve basis the day of the event! 

Participants may also register the day of the event if they so choose, but a t-shirt and/or preferred size cannot be guaranteed for those who wait to register! -We look forward to having you join us this year! 

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HISTORY OF THE TREK

In July 1990, to celebrate my 48th birthday, I started making a 13-mile trek alone on foot
from the bank of Green River in Calhoun to my West Louisville home to celebrate and give
thanks for another year of good health. My family has a strong McLean County heritage and I
felt combining McLean and Daviess Counties in this trek gave it special meaning. After a few
years, I invited some friends to join me (Tom Maddox, Grady Harreld, Diz Webb, Steve
Cabell, Bob Hicks, Charles Emerson, David Nation, David Taylor, Bret Julian, Johnny
Maglinger, Jerry Bowen, Bill Damron, and Joe Survant - apologies for leaving out someone ??).
After a couple more years, we felt that the event was too good to keep to ourselves, so it was
decided to turn it into a benefit for a deserving charity. We selected the St. Joseph’s Peace Mission for Children, a home for children organized as a non-profit charity on September 27, 1996. I had become acquainted with the Mission through Board Member Vicki Mills who had earlier asked me to assist with its corporate formation and establishment of its tax-exempt status.


The first Annual TREK to honor St. Joseph’s Peace Mission was held July 13, 1998. For
many years, we gathered at my home in West Louisville, then traveled by Bowen Tire Co. trucks
(Jerry and Joe) and private vehicles to the Green River in Calhoun where the TREK began,
ending at my home where we held a picnic in the yard and swam in the pool. The 2003 and 2004
TREKS ended at the St. Raphael Picnic site until we rebuilt our home after a June 6, 2003 fire.
Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have stepped up and helped. Our initial fund-raising goal
in 1998 was $5,000. With increased demands for services, now we try extremely hard to reach
an annual goal of $40,000.


St. Joseph’s Peace Mission was born from the Daviess County community’s outrage over
the 1995 murder of four-year-old Phillip Strain. Located at 1328 West Third Street in
Owensboro, Kentucky, the first co-ed home was dedicated June 12, 1999. A new home for only
boys ages 12 - 18 was dedicated in 2010 and serves as a treatment facility for boys. The Hayden
Home for Girls was established in 2019. With these three facilities, the Mission now provides
residential facilities for children in the Owensboro area. Paula Yevincy, Executive Director, and Board President David Marshall run a tight ship to ensure safe, quality services continue.


Every year those who participate leave stating that they are unaware of any other community event where for a period of 4 - 5 hours, hundreds of folks can gather together - of all races, religious heritages, and backgrounds - and there is no ill word spoken about another; no use of alcohol or tobacco or illegal drugs; no necessity of “winning” or “defeating” another’s performance; and no reason to be together except to share in a personal physical experience which mostly benefits someone other than ourselves. Sincere thanks to the Board and Committee members for their dedicated service through these many years.

There is no finish line.

David L. Yewell