Runners/walkers invited to have a scary good time at first Trick or Trot

Alexis Kirksey, Panther Growls staff member

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Runners and walkers can pre-register for the first Trick-or-Trot one-mile fun run hosted by FCCLA and TAFE.

The two student groups invite runners to consider dressing in costume for the Oct. 27 run, which will start on the Abe Martin Stadium visitors’ side. The cost is $10 per runner and free for those 5 and under.

“You do not have to wear a costume,” Family and Consumer Science teacher Jennifer Cumbie said. “Kids could wear a costume and enjoy the fun since the date is before Halloween.”

Inspired by Halloween, the FCS teachers chose to fundraise through an one-day event rather than products.

“Our club members have sold candy or sunglasses throughout the years,” Cumbie said. “This year, we talked about selling a product or hosting an event.”

The teachers decided to use a costume event to encourage additional participation and help the groups’ members with their preparation for college.

“Our members can help set up, register and check-in participants, and pass out prizes and T-shirts,” Cumbie said. “Participating in something that benefits the community is a win-win situation for applying for colleges, jobs, and scholarships.”

Benefiting the community includes reaching out to those willing to improve their physical exercise by connecting with Girls Athletics Director Jerri Kay Boyd.

“A lot of elementary campuses have running clubs,” Cumbie said. “They look for opportunities to build exercise or create a healthy lifestyle.”

Cumbie said the first 50 participants who sign up will receive a T-shirt sponsored by sign shop TaylorMade Tees, which is one of various sponsors supporting the run.

“Georgia-Pacific donated $500 to help get things started,” Cumbie said. “Whataburger is providing coupons for hamburgers and cookies for that day. Brookshire Brothers is contributing bananas, granola bars and water.”

Contact FCCLA members or FCS teachers for a registration form for more information.