Diana Stevens Empower run

Diana Stevens's husband Tim Stevens and daughter Michelle giving a speech at the Empower run. (CBC)

More than 600 people gathered at Kildonan Park to take part in the Diana Stevens Empower run Sunday morning. 

Members in the running community named the race after Diana Stevens who was killed in May when her SUV crashed head-on with a semi-truck. Stevens was on her way to North Dakota, U.S. for her daughter's wedding. 

She was also the Executive Director of Athletics Manitoba.

Jeff Vince, who was part of the running committee she created, said the run was named after Stevens because she was a great person, and an enormous supporter of athletics and running. 

"Several people from the run committee that Diana had created...we talked at the funeral and said gee.. we can't let the empower run die so we said let's help it out and rename it in her honour," said Vince. 

Her husband, Tim Stevens, spoke at the event. 

"I'm sure she's looking down today with a big smile.. and just feeling very honoured."

Money raised at the event will go to a new Concordia Health & Fitness Centre, or the Diana Stevens fund, which has been set up through the Winnipeg Foundation to help school based athletics programs throughout the province.