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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Headliner 5K returns this weekend for PHS publications

  • The Headliner 5K, which benefits Pittsburg High School student publications, is back.

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  • The Headliner 5K, which benefits Pittsburg High School student publications, is back.
    The certified run, with an obstacle course for youngsters, will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at MAC Fitness, 306 W. 11th.
    Emily Smith, PHS student publications advisor, said that this will be the second time for the Headliner 5K.
    “We did the first one three years ago, then kind of put it on hold,” she said. “We wanted to do one last year, but didn’t have time to put it together.”
    This time MAC Fitness will be involved with the event.
    “We’re really excited to team up with MAC Fitness,” Smith said. “This is a great way to bridge two entities for the common good. Also, MAC Fitness is doing a ‘Get Fit’ challenge now, and this fits in well with that.”
    Mica Dalton, MAC Fitness manager and head trainer, said the fitness center is glad to have the opportunity to partner with PHS student publications.
    “Hopefully it is a partnership that can continue in the future,” Dalton said.
    Smith said that the event will have activities for all ages, including an obstacle course for youngsters, with a visit from the Easter Bunny.
    “We know that there are people who go out of town for Easter, but we’re thinking there are also a lot who stay in town,” she said. “The community Easter egg hunt will be held at 11 a.m. at Lincoln Park and people will be able to take their children from the 5K to that.”
    The run will be divided into age categories for all ages from 13 and younger to 60 and older.
    “We’ll medal the top three in each age division and have awards for the top male and female overall,” Smith said.
    She noted that the race is certified, which can make it a more competitive event.
    “Somebody from the USA Track and Field Association came out and measured the track, and it will remain certified for the next 10 years as long as they don’t make any changes to it,” Smith said. “Members of the Joplin Roadrunners Club will do the timing for us.”
    Those who do not register for the 5K in advance may do so at 7 a.m. Saturday. Registration fee Saturday will be $25 for adults and $20 for youngsters 13 and under.
    There will also be a packet pick-up from 5 to 8 p.m. today at MAC Fitness, and registrations may be made then. This will also be a weigh-in for the Get Fit challenge.
    “Those participating in the challenge can participate in the 5K for free and get one point, or pay the fee and get four points,” Smith said.
    Proceeds will go to PHS student publications, which are the school newspaper and yearbook.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We always need more equipment, we travel and the competitions we participate in also cost money,” Smith said.
    Publications students have been doing their part, Smith said, making and distributing posters.
    “A lot of them will also be helping at the event,” she said. “We’ve also had a lot of great sponsors who’ve helped. We really hope we can start doing this every year.”

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