Dublin Coffman High School's fifth Band on the Run 5K is scheduled for Oct. 6, but it's the first time band alumni and other supporters living out of state can participate in the event.

This year's event features a virtual run in which friends of the band and alumni can sign up, run in their neighborhoods or participate in another 5K event and still earn a Band on the Run 5K T-shirt and a finisher's medal, said Shelly Longo, race director.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. in Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland-Croy Road.

Although the event drew 130 runners its first year, Longo said it has grown.

She said she expects 200 participants this year to support the band, which has about 166 members.

Coffman's band participates in competitions, so the band has a heavier equipment need than that of a band that just performs halftime shows, Longo said.

In the past, money raised from the Band on the Run 5K has gone to a large metronome for rehearsal, a microphone for the band director and other electronic equipment, she said.

"All of those things have a lot of cost to them, and they're beyond the normal operating costs of the band," Longo said.

Band Director Jeremy Bradstreet said several fundraisers are held throughout the year to minimize the cost for band families, provide instructors from outside the school district and obtain sound equipment and props.

"These fundraisers help us with our visual and music designers, and they also help with a lot of the extras you see us perform with," Bradstreet said.

Last year, the band created a wooden cello prop for its show and this year it will perform with flower petals made out of PVC pipe, he said.

Longo's daughter, 17-year-old senior Sophia, said the flower petals are part of the theme for this year, "calisson," which is a type of French candied fruit pastry in a diamond shape.

Part of their show involves turning flower buds into flowers on the field, said Sophia Longo, who this year is president of the band.

Band members said they also are excited to be joining their sisters and brothers in the bands from Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto high schools during a trip to New York City and Philadelphia where the bands will march in the 99th Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sophia Longo said the parade will give the band an opportunity show what it can do in front of a large audience.

"It's a really fun opportunity for us to connect with the public," she said.

For more information about the 5K and to register, go online to www.DublinMusic.org/5k.