The Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway is perhaps the most popular running route in Greensboro.
Hundreds of runners each week now will get to see a visible reminder of one of the community's most popular runners, the late Rebecca Sarver.
The Greensboro Running Club, in a ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Thursday and honoring the day on which Sarver was born 49 years ago, will unveil a bench in Sarver's memory near a curve in the greenway at the southern end of Old Battleground Road near Westridge Road. The club purchased the bench, at a cost of $2,500, and gained approval from the City of Greensboro.
"It's right on a curve, pointed at an angle," Greensboro Running Club president Johanna Bingham said of an area just behind Ozzie's Ice Cream. "It's a nice opening there. We want to have some plants, try to dress it up a little bit.
"The other really nice thing about the location is we know so many of her friends, and she used to run that area all the time."
Sarver's family and friends will attend the bench unveiling, which is open to the public.
Sarver died on Oct. 22, 2016, of ovarian cancer. She was a coach in the Greensboro Running Club's Women's Running School, a training program leading up to the Women's Only 5K Walk & Run.
Sarver ran three days after her initial diagnosis of small-cell ovarian cancer in January 2015, and she resumed a running regimen as a round of chemo came to an end that May. She returned to run in a night 5K later that year, finishing despite a hard fall along the way.
"It was very emotional," she said in an interview in November 2015. "I was kinda by myself, and it's pitch-black. ...Once that initial pain wore off, it was like, 'Yes, there's no way I'm not going to finish this race.'"
Sarver's fight through her illness and her positive spirit, her Random Acts of Kindness Wednesdays, continue to inspire her friends. And they continue to miss her.
"Happy Friendversary Rebecca Sarver ❤ Miss you!" one wrote this week after Facebook's friend anniversary reminder showed up.
"I sure would love to see your smile and hear that marvelous laugh one more time," another wrote on another day.
And there was this one: "Hey girl. Need a favor. Drop me a tablespoon or 2 of your strength and kindness today. I've been missing it."