Karen Sparks

Karen Sparks is a survivor of filicide. After the murder of her only two children by her soon-to-be ex-husband in 2015, she spiraled into debilitating depression and grief. There is no word in the English language for a mother without children.

Karen’s discovery of ultra running led to a new realization of her faith, healing, hope, and purpose. In 2020, on the 5th anniversary of Reagan and Grant’s deaths, she set out to run a solo 100-mile race to reclaim the legacy of her children and her own identity.

Whether it’s in everyday life or on the trails, she runs at her own pace. To date, Karen has over 30 race finishes. In memory of Reagan and Grant, she founded “The Great Root Movement,” a non-profit created to help others with domestic violence and grief, and she also established the “Reagan and Grant Small Endowed Memorial Scholarship” fund for high school seniors in local districts. She is the race director for the first annual “Love Never Ends Trail Run” in 2022, with proceeds going to her non-profit and scholarship fund.

Karen hopes that by sharing her story, the reader will find encouragement and strength even in the darkest of circumstances.