Boosters' 5K run lends hand to music students
Hearing a good beat while your soles hit the ground is a great motivator when you're attempting to run a 5K.
At least that was what the Delaware Boosters had in mind when they came up with the idea to host a 5K run and walk fundraiser.
The idea came from a Delaware parent who wanted to put on a health-based fundraiser.
"A lot of people listen to music while they run and we thought it would be a great way to merge music and athletics," said Cindy Wright, race director.
The fourth annual Music in Motion will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Delaware State Park beach area, 5202 U.S. Route 23 N. All ages are invited and there will be prizes awarded to the winners of various age categories.
The cost is $25 per person in advance, $30 the day of the event. Participants will receive a goodie bag and a T-shirt on the day of the event.
There will be a raffle at the end of the run, featuring items donated by local businesses. All proceeds from the raffle and race will go to a fund that provides two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors majoring in a music-related field.
Past races typically have raised around $2,100. Money that is not used on this year's scholarships will be saved for the following year.
The Boosters group is made up of parents of students who are involved in the music department -- band, choir, marching band, concert band, drama and more -- at Delaware Hayes High School.
Aside from providing scholarship funds, the group's main goal is to help offset some of the costs for the music department and assist students who have financial burdens that would prohibit them from being able to play.
Some of the things the Boosters cover for the department as a whole include contest fees, uniforms, sheet music and student awards.
"The sports and music department tend to take a beating when things get tough in the district," Wright said. "This is a way to help offset the budget decreases."
Jennifer Jackson, secretary of the Boosters, said music is not just an extracurricular activity, but something that is important for students' overall development.
"People have done numerous studies on how music improves the academic performance of students in school," Jackson said.
Organizers hope this year's race will be a great day for all involved, as well as a money-maker for the Boosters.
"We're anticipating a good turnout for this fall day, which will be in a beautiful setting," Wright said.
To register for the event, visit active.com and search for "Music in Motion," or pick up a registration form at Second Sole, 28 N. Sandusky St.