As of Tuesday, September 20, 2016
GRANGEVILLE “It takes a lot of organization, and I have really learned so much through the whole process so far,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Kelley.
Kelley has taken on the third annual Flamingo Fun Run as her senior project. The run is on tap for Saturday, Oct. 8, during Grangeville’s Oktoberfest celebration.
The 5k run is a “Cure SMA Walk-n-Roll” event that will start at the corner of State and North streets at 9:30 a.m. Top finishers will be recognized and there will be a prize for the best flamingo costume.
“I have gone to the city council and worked with the sheriff’s office and highway district to help ensure everything is set and safe for run day,” Kelley said. “I have gained a lot of experience working with different entities to help make sure the event is successful.”
Cure SMA is a national organization seeking a cure for spinal muscular atrophy. SMA is a disease that takes away a person’s ability to walk, eat or breathe. According to www.curesma.org, 8 million Americans carry the gene that causes SMA and it is the number one genetic cause of death in infants.
“This is something that affects people right here in our own community,” Kelley said.
Cost to register for the Flamingo Fun Run is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and younger. This price includes a T-shirt. Everyone who attends the event is encouraged to wear pink. All those registered to run by Sept. 28 will receive a goody bag.
To register, log onto flamingofunrun.com or pick up a form at Grangeville merchants. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a T-shirt. Those who wish to run can register up through the day of the event but may not receive a T-shirt. Those who wish to simply register and pay to purchase a T-shirt and help the cause but do not wish to run can also do so.
“I hope there are a lot of participants for this worthwhile event,” Kelley said. “You can run, jog, walk, push a stroller or wheelchair – it’s open for all ages and abilities.”
The run was originally started by GHS graduate Addie Lutz. Those involved hope to see it continue as an annual event for the area. The run has a volunteer board that helps oversee the entire event.