Charity run planned for middle school teacher killed in crash

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By Nicole Pence

INDIANAPOLIS - A popular middle school teacher who died in a car crash will be remembered this weekend at a charity run.

Anthony "Joe" Elder, 40, died June 27 when his car crashed on Thompson Road and Arlington Avenue.

"We know that he crossed the line and hit a dump truck head on. We don`t know what caused it. He may have been distracted or it could have been a medical condition. We will never have any answers," explained his widow, Paula Elder.

On Thursday, the cross country team at Creston Middle School held a special practice to prepare for Saturday's charity run. The team normally runs 4K routes; Saturday's race is a 5K.

Students, staff and teachers will take part in the charity run to give back to Elder's son, Carter.

Carter, 6, has a rare chromosome abnormality, and he suffers from hearing loss in his right ear.

"He would always make jokes and get you to laugh! I am running it to help support his son and wife. I know if it is hard for me as a student, it is especially hard for them," said eighth-grader Emma Mikkelson.

"We are like a family, and we can lean on each other," explained Coach Tom Uebbing.

Elder taught science at Creston Middle School for nearly 15 years.

"It warms my heart to know that he was appreciated this much. He didn`t really know how much he impacted everyone. More than anything, I look forward to sharing this with my son. I can share with him how much of an impact his Daddy was as a teacher, and how much of an influence he was," said Paula Elder.

The Cumblerland Express 5K Walk and Run will be at Pennsy Trail at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 16 on E. Washington St.

The proceeds will benefit Carter Elder and the Cumberland Police dog, Roscoe.

Participants can register the morning of the charity run.