Archive for Thursday, July 13, 2006

High expectations for annual Horsethief run

July 13, 2006

A long-lived athletic fund-raising tradition is coming to Eudora again this year.

The Horsethief Run, formerly known as the CPA Fun Run, will take place at 7:30 a.m., Saturday at Eudora Middle School, 12635 Church St. Participants can either run the 4-mile trail or walk the two-mile track. As in previous years, the proceeds will go to the Eudora High School cross country team.

Event organizer and cross country coach Paul Boone said the race is open to anyone, and participants do not have to run, as there is a walking course, too.

"The event is open to anyone to test their fitness level and come out and walk or jog," Boone said. "What we want this to be is families coming with their kids."

Boone said he is hoping this year's turnout is even greater than last year's.

"Last year we had 104 people entered. This year at this point, we have 70 people pre-registered, so we are anticipating maybe 150, which would be great, but 250 is great, too," Boone said.

Eudora High School cross country team runner Brittney Graff, 17, who won the women's race last year, said she is hoping to better her time in this year's race.

"I just want to try to win again," Graff said. "I want to try to get a better time from last year -- I think I've gotten faster."

Marla Johnson, who plans on walking the course this year, said she enjoys the event, as it is scenic and leisurely.

"I just like being out with the people and talking to them and just enjoying the morning," Johnson said. "I just go to have fun."

Boone said in addition to having fun, participants can also learn a bit about the history of Eudora by participating in the race.

He said the event was founded as a way to supplement the income of the Central Protective Agency, which was an organization that would look after a victim of theft's farm or estate while he or she was trying to reclaim the stolen property. Boone said the organization originated around the late 1800s.

Boone said the cross country team has put on the race for the past four years, but the event has been going on for much longer than that.

Graff said the proceeds generated from the event will help pay for the cross country team's trips.

"I think for the most part we use the money for being bussed out to places we can run --our coaches know fun places to run and sometimes they hook us up with snacks to refuel us," Graff said.

Registration through July 13 is $15 and after that it is $20. Registration information can be found at www.active.com. On-site registration will open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. Prizes and awards will be presented after the race is complete.

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