The day included a 1-mile fun run, a 200-meter modified race and new this year, a 5K race. Over 200 people are said to have attended the event, which grows every year.
Many participants dressed up as superheroes, Disney characters and plenty of fall-themed characters to run the race.
The event is the favorite of many organizers. Lisa Carter, CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital, is among one of those organizers, and she said she is so proud of her team for putting the event together for the kids.
She said it especially means a lot to the children who wouldn’t normally get participate in this kind of event, but are able to with the fun run and the modified race.
“I mean, I saw kids that were just so excited because it was the first mile they had ever run,” Carter said. “And then, you know, you see parents who have dealt with medical issues for the entire lifetime of their children and they get to come out, and even if it's just for a few minutes they get to forget about all that stuff and just have fun and participate in something that we oftentimes take for granted with our kids.”
The races were followed up by the a fun Scarecrow Skedaddle Shindig that took place in the Mountain States Health Alliance mini-dome. Over 25 community organizations were set up with booths for children and their families to explore and take part in educational and healthy activities. Children could participate in small agility challenges, learn about healthy topics and dance around with a large crowd of ETSU athletes who came out to cheer the racers.
Hospital Children’s Resource Center Director Tara Chadwell said that for her, the event is designed to get families active together, and it means a lot.
“You just look around and you see it,” Chadwell said. “And you see these kids, especially these kids that participate in the modified race, I mean, this just means so much to them and so much to our community for them to be able to come out and participate, so for Niswonger to be a part of that and be able to give this to the community is huge.”
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