Alligood Leads the "Race"
BY KENSLEY STILL ON MAY 16, 2013
While most seniors have been spending their time stressing about planning for college and exams, senior Madison Alligood has been hard at work planning for something extra. For several months, Alligood has been preparing a fundraiser for her Relay for Life team. When trying to come up with a convenient way to raise money for a great cause, Alligood decided to host her own race, just like she did last year, in order to raise money for cancer research.
“I thought that a race would be a good and fun way to not only get our students involved but also our community,” Alligood said.
The event is called “Race for Second Base” and is the second annual race Alligood has held. “Race for Second Base” is a local 5k and one mile walk that will be on Saturday, May 17. Last year, Alligood surpassed her goal of having 100 runners and raising 4500 dollars. Similarly, Alligood hopes to have at least 100 runners participate in this year’s 5k and has raised her fundraiser goal to 5000 dollars. In order to reach her goals, Alligood has donated a large sum of her time in preparation and extended her resources for the cause.
“I have spent a lot of time [preparing] in my break from school during the day,“ Alligood, a senior with only a first and fourth period, said. ”I’ve had to get a city permit, advertise around the town, find sponsors to support the race, create and have tee shirts made, get trophies and more.”
Through her preparation for “Race for Second Base,” Alligood has learned how much time and energy it takes to prepare and host an event such as this one. She has had to get in touch with many different people, such as a professional timing company called Run the East. In addition, she has developed skills and connections that will help her in life as she grows older.
“This experience has taught me a lot of communication skills because I have had to interact with a lot of different people in the community while organizing the race,” Alligood said.
The event will be this Saturday with registration starting at 8:00 am. Beginning at Moe’s, the 5k run will begin at 9:00 am with the 1-mile walk beginning shortly after at 9:45 am.
If looking for a way to participate in the race, sign up forms can be found with Alligood or online at the Run the East website.