2nd Annual Ryan Volker and Rose Scarpa Memorial Scholarship 5k Ninja Run

Sunday 7th April 2019

Idlewild Park Rose Garden: 75 Cowan Drive, Reno, United States

Walking, Running, Distance running, 5K


  • Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Walking-5K - Individual Age group/open



The purpose of The Second Annual Ninja Run is to continue the legacy and to honor two remarkable young people: Rose Scarpa and Ryan Volker, who were killed in an automobile accident before they could start their lives together. 

The first thing Rose ever wanted to be was a ninja and she worked hard toward that goal, earning a blue belt in Kung Fu by age ten and a gold belt in Tae Kwon Do at 22. One of her favorite past times was watching Kung Fu movies with her mom.  As she grew up, she discovered a love of cooking and pursued this goal with equal vigor; graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and becoming a professional chef.

While cooking at the Atlantis in Reno, she met and fell in love with Ryan, who was also a chef.  As a child Ryan and his brothers loved the "Ninja Turtles" and since their single Dad walked with a cane as did the Ninjas' master, they christened themselves the Turtles. Upon Ryan and Roses' passing, the three remaining brothers got matching Ninja Turtle tattoos. This is how the ninja theme originated. 

Rose and Ryan were leaving for Oregon on the first leg of a trip to cook around the world when they were killed swerving to avoid a deer. Ryan was planning to propose to Rose upon their return.

This run is in their honor and to raise money so some deserving culinary student can obtain a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America to continue Rose and Ryan’s dream.


If you want to learn more or donate directly to the scholarship here is the link:



Event details and schedule

Come have fun and dress as your favorite Ninja! We will be running or walking along the Truckee River path. Meet at the Idlewild Park Rose Garden at 8:30am for a start time of 9am, Sunday April 7.

There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Men’s and Ladies’ divisions. 

Register by March 28th at noon to get a T-shirt.

If you would like to sponsor our event and help with this scholarship, you may do so in a few ways; donate a minimum of $200 and be a featured company on the backs of this year’s 5K shirt, or donate a raffle prize (prizes can include gift certificates to local restaurants and events, gift baskets ranging from movie nights to family nights to date nights, or prizes like a bottle of wine).  This year we would love donations similar but not limited to these.  If you would like to donate this year please contact Suzi Stempeck at sstempeck@gmail.com or 775-690-9555.  Sponsorships are due by March 25th 2019, and raffle prizes due by April 1st 2019. 

Packet pick up will be the morning of the race from 8am to 8:45 am.  Or text or call Suzi at 775-690-9555 to make arrangements to pick up your packet early.   

It's not too late to sign up.  You can resgister on-line until 11:59pm April 6th and pick up your packet at 8am the morning of the run at Idlewild park.  We will take registrations the morning of the run also. 


Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you this year on Sunday, April 7th, 2019.


9 AM Sunday April 7, 2019

Idlewild Park Rose Garden
75 Cowan Dr.
Reno, NV 89509

Organised by

Ryan Volker and Rose Scarpa Memorial Scholarship

P.O. Box 9324, Reno

Phone: 7756909555

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