Gear up for 45th Annual Grafton 5 Mile Run


GRAFTON—Lace up those sneakers and get ready to run and walk your way to the finish line, while helping to promote athletics at Grafton High School.

Track meets are a vital part of athletics at Grafton High School, as they help showcase the talent of athletes from the surrounding area, while providing an avenue to bring funding to the school.

While the events are a great way for the school to earn money, they also come with a fee, and to offset those costs, the Grafton High School track teams have come up with a great fundraising idea. They have decided in the spirit of running, to host this year’s Grafton 5 Mile Run on Sunday, March 15.

“The money we collect will be used to pay for officials at track meets, as well as the awards for the invitationals,” said Girls Track Team Coach Becky Summers Lake. “We are also helping to buy some new weight equipment to be used for all athletes at the school.”

The Grafton 5 Mile run is in its 45th year, and it has become a beloved springtime event for runners and walkers alike.

“This historical event provides a challenging racecourse, as well as pre-race and post-race fun for the whole family,” expressed Lake.

She revealed that this year’s race will boast a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, will begin and end at the high school, and will provide family-friendly fun for all ages.

Participants will have the option of competing in either a five-mile run or a two-mile walk. Children are invited to take part in a Kids Fun Run during the event, as well.

“It’s a great way to get the family out and active, while helping to support athletics at Grafton High School,” expressed Lake.

Interested individuals can register now online at www.runsignup.com for a reduced cost. Simply log on and type “Grafton 5 Mile Run” in the search bar.

Those wishing to take part in the five-mile run and two-mile walk can do so for $20, while children hoping to take part in the fun run can register for $3. 

Early online registration will be open from now until March 13. Those waiting to register the day of the race will have to pay $25 for the adult run and walk.

Be sure to get signed up fast, because one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s themed race shirts, designed by Taylor County’s own Black Bear Customs, are guaranteed to the first 50 individuals to register.

The event will kick off with the Kids Fun Run, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Both the adult run and walk will begin at 2:00 p.m., and is slated to finish at 5:00 p.m.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers for the run, while the top two male and female finishers will be awarded for the walk. Additionally, awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category. Categories include: under 18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

Be sure to log on to the website listed above after the race to see how the racers fared.

This year, race photos will be available for online purchase via David Robinson Photography post-race at https://davidrobinsonphotography.pixieset.com.

For more information, please contact the race director by emailing [email protected]. 

“Come out and celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day weekend with us and run for the gold to support GHS Track,” encouraged Lake.

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