BCHS Class of 1993 preparing for Oct. 5 Fun Run race day

INA, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2013) – With a registration deadline in sight and race day coming fast, members of Benton Consolidated High School (BCHS) Class of 1993 are making final plans for the fundraising event to honor three fallen classmates in the form of scholarships for Rend Lake College students.

The 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid’s Run is scheduled to begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at RLC’s Hitting Zone at the Ina campus. The race itself will start at 9 a.m.

Cindy Ward, one of the event organizers and graduate of the BCHS Class of 1993, said that the registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 21 for those wanting event T-shirts, though runners and walkers can register the day of the event as well.

The Fun Run is open to everyone, from walkers to runners of all ages, and even those with strollers. There will be a one-mile kid’s run following the 5K at 10 a.m. for children ages 12 and younger. Centre Stage Dance Studio of Mt. Vernon will also be on-hand to perform.

“The Class of 1993 understands that homecoming weekend is a busy time for students and parents, but we appreciate everyone who is working hard to raise money in the memory of some great classmates,” said Ward. “We encourage any BCHS and RLC students and teachers, past and present, to come enjoy the morning with us.”

So far, the event has already raised $2,200 in sponsorships from local businesses and individuals. Ward said that she hopes the event will bring out lots of runners and more sponsorships in the form of teams to help future RLC students.

“We’re trying to cut all costs so every sponsor donation can go straight to the scholarships,” she said. “Although our window for sponsors is closed, businesses can participate by entering walkers and runners. Teams can wear company logos during all of the events.”

Ward added that the $2,200 will go toward three scholarships with the RLC Foundation for BCHS students. The scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2014 academic year.

“We would love if the recipients have a field related to our classmates,” said Ward. “Ann Parker studied early childcare; Josh Odom studied agriculture, and did cross country in high school; and since Tammy Shockley passed away before she could enter college, we could give one to a general education recipient.”

To register for the Fun Run, log on to www.runningintheusa.com and search for the event by date, location or name. Fees for the race will be accepted online as well. Registration also will be held the morning of the event, starting at 8 a.m.

The registration fees include an event T-shirt, costing $20 before Sept. 21. Those who wait to register after Sept. 21 are not guaranteed a T-shirt for their $25 payment. Shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the event.

T-shirts also are available for the Kid’s Run registration, costing $10 before Sept. 21 and $15 afterward and on race day. Checks can be made payable to the BCHS Class of ’93 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the BCHS Class of 1993 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid’s Run, check out the BCHS Class of '93 Memorial Scholarship Fun Run Facebook Page.

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