Run event will take place on 29th birthday of murdered Northampton tourist

James Kouzaris and James Cooper, who were murdered while on holiday in Florida in 2011
James Kouzaris and James Cooper, who were murdered while on holiday in Florida in 2011

The second annual charity run is to take place in memory of popular Northampton man James Kouzaris.

James, aged 25, from Kingsthorpe, along with friend James Cooper, was shot and killed after wandering into a suburb in Florida in 2011.

Since their deaths, James Kouzaris’s family and friends have organised a huge array of events in aid of the Always a Chance charity they set up in his memory.

The latest is the second Jog for James run around Pitsford Reservoir on July 18.

Pete Kouzaris, James’s dad, said: “It is even more poignant this year as it would have been James’ 29th birthday.

“It is also fitting that we commemorate James’ memory at Pitsford as it was a place that he loved to run and keep fit.”

Always a Chance is now part of Northampton Community Foundation so the family are able to source its own projects which align with the charity’s own ideals.

Over this period of time Always a Chance has handed out more than £20,000 to projects in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

Its four main projects are currently: Safe Academy (helping older students in schools with personal safety), Hitz (with the Saints, using rugby to channel the energies of disaffected young people), SAMM abroad and Support Sport (vulnerable children being encouraged into sport).

Pete Kouzaris said: “On behalf of myself, my wife Hazel and our daughter Emily, I would like to take this opportunity in thanking the organisers of this great event, especially Geoff and Sally Hallett plus the army of helpers that have made this day possible and help James’ name to live on.”