Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

Horsethief Run returns for another year

July 5, 2007

The Eudora cross country team doesn't satisfy itself in the fall with the typical load of local meets or the relentless grind of the same competition.

The Cardinals see more than enough of De Soto and Baldwin, Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie, so every year the team packs up for a big meet somewhere in the region. That trip, plus many other things the team does through the summer and into the fall, is made possible by the Horsethief Run fundraiser, Eudora cross country coach Paul Boone said.

"We like to get around a little bit, so last year we used some of the money for trips," Boone said. "We bought a tent, and we used some of the money for nutrition and hydration.

"There are also uniform needs that come up, and we use some of it for that."

This year's race won't be a part of the town's annual CPA festivities as it has in the past, but Boone said he's still expecting plenty to turnout. Last year's race had 140 sign up, and Boone's hoping for more than that in 2007.

"We hope to get 150," he said. "We'll have our kids that have been (on the team) in the past, and we'll get a lot of people from the community. There will be former athletes and new people to Eudora that are interested in fitness. It's always fun when you're getting entries to look through some of the names."

The event, set for 7:30 a.m. July 14 in front of Eudora Middle School, will feature two races, a five-kilometer run and a one-mile run/walk. The fee to register is $20 and qualifies 5K runners for awards, a t-shirt and post-race food.

The races will take place on and around the Eudora High School cross country course, which starts in front of the middle school and wraps around the baseball and softball fields and north to near the high school before finishing up back near the baseball diamond.

Racers can register at www.active.com. Awards will be given in every 10-year age span.

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