Racers, crazy hats make for fun Willis Road 5K

by Wes Mayer

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Willis Road Elementary’s mascot, Wolfie, started both the Wolfie’s Mad hatter Dash 5k and the 1 Mile fun run 


With the weather cooperating, runners of all ages donned their craziest hats and woke up early March 29 to run in the Wolfie’s Mad Hatter Dash 5k race.

The race, a fundraiser for Willis Road Elementary School, was put on by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization. Kids and adults of all ages, and from any schools, were allowed to run. In addition to the 5k race, the event also had a one-mile Fun Run for the younger contestants, and the races began around 8 a.m. at the Ashley Park shopping center in Newnan.

“We were just thinking of new ways to have fundraisers that didn’t involve selling items people didn’t want to buy,” said the school’s PTO president, Terri Morales-Davis. She said they were also hoping to promote physical activity.

Part of the reason the event was created was for one of the groups at the school, “Wolves on the Run,” Morales-Davis said. The group, which was made up of students in third through fifth grade, was created to get everyone running, and completing a 5k run was the end-goal. About 55 members of the group, all girls, participated in the Wolfie’s Mad Hatter Dash.

Morales-Davis said there were 288 registered runners, and although there were a few leftover racer packets, mostly everyone showed up. She said more runners participated in the 5k, and there were only around 30 for the one-mile Fun Run. The cost to enter the event was $25.

For the race, runners were asked to create and wear the craziest hats they had, and the runner with the craziest of all crazy hats would win a prize. Morales-Davis said the winning hat in the “adult” group — sixth grade and higher — was piled high with cotton candy, which unfortunately disintegrated in the morning rain. The runner with the craziest hat in the fifth grade and under group wore a hat covered in a conglomeration of flowers.

Other crazy hats Morales-Davis noted were an Easter-themed hat, a Queen Bee hat and a Jester hat.

Prizes were also handed out to the top finishers in the fifth grade and under group and in the adult group, and they were each rewarded with gift certificates to local stores, Morales-Davis said. All participants received a medal with the Wolfie’s Mad Hatter Dash logo on it.



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