By Kelley Eddings
Special to The Press
Weakley County residents can combine both fitness and fright while helping some of the county’s high school seniors during the upcoming 73Run Haunted 5K event.
The Weakley County Young Professionals has partnered with Project 731 to host the second annual 3.1-mile race on the Brian Brown Greenway beginning at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 as its key fundraiser for the 2020 WCYP Scholarship Fund.
The fund’s goal is to award $1,000 to one UTM-bound senior from each of the county’s four high schools this spring.
But, this isn’t any ordinary 5K race because participants will find ghouls, monsters, and zombies waiting for them at the most unexpected moments – turning the greenway into a thrilling escape adventure.
Participants are encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in Halloween costumes and prizes will be awarded for both individual and team costumes. Overall male and female racers will also be awarded for finishing the frightful course the fastest.
Registration is now available online at Eventbrite.com by searching for the “WCYP 73Run” and entrants can choose options for individual or team rates. Registering by Oct. 13 guarantees a Project 731 tee and swag bag although participants may sign up the day of the race, which begins and ends at the Martin Famer’s Market. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. with awards to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Several local businesses will also be on hand to offer chiropractic services, hot chocolate, and pizza to participants before and after the race.
According to event chairperson and WCYP vice president, Rachel Lovell, sponsorships of the event are available for community businesses to be represented on the course.
“Any help given to this event will, in turn, help some very deserving high school graduates,” said Lovell.
Local businesses wanting to help out and interested participants in the race can find registration information on the group’s Facebook page as well as by contacting them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.