By TONI-ANN HOM
On Saturday, April 1st, the 24th Annual Scholarship Run will be held in the village of Washingtonville. The purpose of this run is to raise money for senior scholar athletes. The day will consist of the 5K run, walk, and wog. For those who have never heard of the term, wogging is a combination of walking and jogging. Each year, approximately 400 people take part in this scholarship run. It is a tradition that people anxiously await each year.
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The Scholarship Run is more than just a race. The day will be filled with all kinds of fun activities. For instance, there will be raffle tables set up so that people can but chances to win some really great prizes. The tickets cost $1 each but if you buy seven tickets, the cost is only $5. In addition, a separate children’s race will be held on the track at 11:00.
There are many different ways to sign up in order to participate in the competition. Race day registration will be in the high school cafeteria from 8:00 am to 9:35 am on Saturday morning. Entry fees before the day of the race are $28 per person and same day registration will be $30. Also, there is an option to create a team of fifteen athletes to get a $5 discount on the registration fee. The option of creating a team can only be done online. T-shirts will also be given to participants in the 5K run, walk, and wog if registered before March 10th. For the serious walkers, the walk will start around two minutes after the runners begin. Runners will begin at 10:00 am and will race to be one of the top three in their age group.
There are also some requirements for the children’s run. The entry fee is $7 per child. Participants may not be older than a fifth grade student. The run will start at 11:00 am on the high school track and will extend from 50 meters to 800 meters. Each participant will receive a medal upon finishing the run. The first 60 participants to enter will receive a t-shirt provided by Washingtonville Pediatrics.
For the first time, the WHS Student Coalition will be sponsoring a pasta luncheon right after the race is finished. Anyone running in the race will be able to stay and can also bring a family member or a friend for an additional cost of $5. Lindsay Maguire, head of this year’s scholarship run, is beyond excited for the big day. “This is the first time we are including the pasta luncheon which is really exciting.”
Many of Washingtonville’s track team members are looking to do very well on Saturday. Liam Gildea, a runner on the boys’ track team explained, “This year will be the 4th time I will be taking part in this run and every year it just gets better and better. I can’t wait to see what Saturday brings.” It seems as though Saturday will be a very exciting and fun filled day!
Good luck to all the runners, walkers, children, and woggers participating in this year’s run!Hopefully in the future, there will be even more people that become a part of this great cause.