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‘Spooktacular 5K’ raises funds for South Jackson rehab

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm


Erin McCullough


Tullahomans looking for some wholesome Halloween-themed exercise need look no further than downtown Tullahoma, thanks to a local women’s club.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Centennial Woman’s Club announced that it will be hosting a “Spooktacular 5K” run and “Monster Mile” as a way to both encourage physical fitness and raise money for its Light Up South Jackson campaign.

The run will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at History Park, located at 103 NE Atlantic St. (next to the Caboose museum) and will take runners on a spooky path throughout town.

Runners will begin by the caboose and follow a path around Tullahoma High School before returning downtown for the finish line.

The run will also serve as the final fundraiser for the first phase of the Light Up South Jackson campaign, according to Dian Rayfield, the 5K coordinator for the Centennial Woman’s Club.

“Our hope is this will become an annual event for families to get involved in,” Rayfield said.

The run will feature a kid-friendly Monster Mile that participants may run or walk. All the Monster Mile runners will also get a free treat bag filled with all kinds of goodies, according to the official run flier.

Registration will begin on race day starting at 7 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Monster Mile will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Prizes will be given out to the overall male and female race winners, according to Rayfield. There will also be prizes awarded to the top three runners in several age group categories, she said.

There will also be a costume contest, said Rayfield, and the best costumes will receive awards once the race concludes.


Make a Difference Day

According to Rayfield, the run also serves as Centennial’s contribution in the nationwide service effort called Make a Difference Day.

According to its website, Make a Difference Day is one of the largest annual single days of service in the nation.

“Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission: to improve the lives of others,” the website reads.

It began from an idea for a national day of service on Feb. 29, 1992, which was a leap year. It has since evolved to occur on the fourth Saturday in October every year.

The day is filled with various service events that make a difference in the communities of those who participate.

The Spooktacular 5K and Monster Mile event is the Centennial Woman’s Club official participation in the day, as it will help benefit the renovations to South Jackson Civic Center.

According to the event listing on the Make a Difference Day website, “by renovating the South Jackson Civic Center, we will be saving an historic building in our community,” the site reads.


How to get involved

Runners wishing to enter the race may register online at www.runsignup.com. Search “GFWC” on the main website and follow the link to the registration.

Once there, people may either sign up for the 5K or the one-mile option.

Those who register for the 5K before this Saturday, Oct. 7, will receive a free T-shirt.

Costs are $25 for the 5K and $15 for the mile until the day of the race. Prices will increase to $30 and $20, respectively, on race day.

Parking for the event will be available on Atlantic and Lincoln streets, according to Rayfield, as well as surrounding First Baptist Church.

Since the club is hoping for the race to be a large success, Rayfield said there is a need for volunteers to make the day run smoothly.

Currently, Rayfield said she has reached out to Tullahoma High School for volunteer help, as they have a number of student organizations that need service hours.

Rayfield also said that others wishing to get involved or volunteer may contact her at dianrayfield@gmail.com.

Erin McCullough may be reached by email at tnrept09@lcs.net.