Moms use tragedy to spread awareness of drunk driving

Published On: Mar 22 2014 12:06:07 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2014 11:17:38 AM CDT
MAIZE, Kan -

It's been three years since their death, but the memory of Kyle and Kylie continue to live on.

The two Maize High School sweethearts were coming home from a ski trip when they were hit head on by a driver heading the wrong way on I-70. That driver had a blood alcohol level of .23, nearly 3 times the legal limit.

Kylie Brooke Jobe, 20, and Kyle Thornburg, 22, were killed in the crash.

Through this tragedy, their moms are educating the public of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving. The Run2Believe memorial run happens each year during Spring Break to remind people not to drink and drive.

"It really marks the end of a hard week for our family, but it's a really good opportunity to get everybody together and remember them and celebrate their lives," said Barbie Jobe, Kylie's mom. "I can't reiterate enough, just don't drink and drive. Make the right choice."

About 700 runners showed up this Saturday to participate and raise money to help local high schools raise awareness of drinking and driving, providing special speakers and supporting After Prom events to keep kids safe.It also benefits the Kyle Thornburg Memorial Fund at the Maize Education Foundation and the Kylie Jobe Endowment at the Oklahoma State University Foundation.

"Life is short and it's not worth taking the risk," said runner Barb Perry, family friends of the Jobe's. "I've got a daughter who is 23 and a son who is 19 and I know they are out there with their friends at night and I know as a parent we don't sleep until they are back safe."

Many of the runners signed their names on a large poster, promising to never get behind the wheel after drinking.

For more on the annual run click here.