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Cross-country fundraiser upcoming at Locust Grove High


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Parents and students in Locust Grove are racing against the clock to raise money for their favorite high-school sports team.

The Wildcat Creek Trail Run 5K is set for July 26 at Locust Grove High School, located at 3275 S. Ola Road. The race is a fundraiser for the cross-country team at Locust Grove High School.

The Locust Grove High School cross-country team’s booster club recently combined their efforts to clear off a trail that will be used for an upcoming 5K fundraiser. Volunteers in the project include: (l. to r.) Kerri Hensley, Gracie Murch, Morgan Evans, Delaney Bell, Christian Kline and Aston Kline.
                                                      Photo by Jason A. Smith

  The race will start at 8 a.m. Registration for adults is $25, or $30 for late entrants. The fee is $15 for children age 10 and under.

  Team supporters are currently clearing off land adjacent to school’s track in preparation for the race, said Coach Jason Wayne.

  “We’ve got a nice trail that’s been cut that’s a little bit less than a mile and a half, that’s part of the course,” said Wayne. “We’re hoping maybe the course can be used for anything the school may need or want. Right now, it’s just a fundraiser for the actual team.”

  Revolution Running is organizing the race, and will assist with timing runners and giving them numbers to wear during the event, said Wayne. He said the cross-country team, which will enter its sixth season in the coming school year, has been successful despite not having a dedicated practice trail before now.

“We’ve made it to state four out of the five years,” he said. “This past year was the first year both boys and girls teams made it to state. Last year was our best regional showing for both teams.”

  Wayne said he has wanted to provide a cross-country trail for the team since the school opened, and that space for such a trail exists between the high school and Locust Grove Middle School. Once it was determined that the county owned the land, school officials obtained permission to build the trail, and construction began last September.

  “Parents pretty much took the lead in building the trail,” said Wayne. “They were the ones there in the afternoons cutting things down, clearing briers and trees and things like that. Now that we’ve gotten it in really good shape, I feel it’s one of the better trails in the county for sure, if not in our area, as far as running through the woods.”

  Booster Club President Sundi Murch commended Wayne for devising the race concept. She said the fundraiser will help to keep costs down for team members so they can take part in regional competitions.

  “We have to pay for entry fees, uniforms, water, sports drinks and fruit,” said Murch.

  She also praised the team members for their dedication.

  “The kids are pretty phenomenal. They get up at 5 a.m. on Saturday to be at the school by 6 a.m., at the latest, to get where we’re going by 7 a.m.”

  Murch said the new trail will enable more kids to practice without having to worry about traffic near the school.

  “It’s a work in progress,” she said. “We’re hoping to be able to add a few more pathways to add a little more versatility, to be able to change the trail up from time to time.”

  Coach Wayne added that the cross-country team’s 40-plus members aren’t the only ones who are already taking advantage of the new trail.

  “What’s interesting about this trail is that the local folks have noticed that it’s there,” said Wayne. “We are getting all kinds of people who are walking it and running it. Every time they run it, people are actually improving the trail. I think that’s fantastic. If it gets people exercising and it’s something they enjoy, then it’s good for them.”

  For more information or to register for the race, visit www.revo



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