BBA SRAC 5K in the starting blocks

MANCHESTER - Runners will line up at the sophomore parking lot at Burr and Burton Academy on Sunday, June 1, waiting for the gunshot that will signal the start of the first annual BBA SRAC 5K.

The event - which is being put on in partnership with The Collaborative - will begin at 9:30 a.m. The course will remain open until 10:30 a.m. and the event will conclude at 11 a.m.

As of press time, Director of Mental Health Services for BBA and cross country coach Sandy Birch said that 75 people had registered to participate in the race and several others had shown interest. Birch said that they were planning for about 200 runners and believed that sevaral people would register the day of the race.

Co-presidents of SRAC (Student Run Activities Committee) Owen Barclay and Nora Lindberg said that they have been spreading the word about the event and encouraging as many people as possible to participate.

"I certainly think it's just something, an alternative for kids to get psyched about," said Barclay. "All my friends are doing it and, you know, as the word kind of passes on throughout the school once other people find out that their friends are doing it it kind of becomes a big social gathering. I think it will be a lot of fun."

Members of SRAC, Birch and Jesliyn Amsden from The Collaborative have been planning the event for the past two months. Being that they are trying to promote a substance free event series, Birch - who thought of holding the run/walk - said having a 5K as the main fundraiser seemed to make sense.

"Having been the cross country coach for the past few years it's always sort of been my little fantasy to have a 5K. I think it just really speaks to our community having a fun event like this where people are exercising," said Birch. "I love that it's a walk. I wanted it to be a walk and a run and so I just started putting it out there to kids and it really caught on with not only the students, but the adults in our community and it just seemed like a natural fundraising event."

Proceeds from the event will benefit SRAC - formerly known as SADD (Students Against Destructive Descisions) - for future activites.

"The goal is to create fun events where students want to participate instead of engaging in risky behaviors, We're very hopeful that we can make this the main fundraising event for the SRAC," said Birch. "It connects to all the issues on the table right now in terms of adolescence and Burr and Burton students and getting them to make healthy choices."

Birch said they are hoping to hold four to five big events per year "as an outgrowth" of this event.

"The funds that we get enable us to put on more events and get people involved in the club and have a budget to put on cool events like rail jams and movie nights and things like that," said Lindberg.

Birch said they hope to raise about $2,000 from Sunday's 5K to put towards future activities. Among the future events that SRAC will potentially hold, according to Birch, Barclay and Lindberg, are a rail jam, movie nights, a comedy performance, and a freestyle rap session.

Registration on the day of the race will take place from 8-9:30 a.m.

Sponsors of the BBA SRAC 5K are The Lions Club, Mother Myrick's, Manchester Sports, and Lee Ferguson.

Say Cheese food truck will be on hand at the event and will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from their sales to SRAC.

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