Area residents scurry to raise funds for United Way

BIG RAPIDS – Witches, goblins and ghouls will come together and race for a good cause in the second annual Skeleton Skurry.

“It’s just a good time,” said event organizer Danette Doyle. “Last year, we had 100 people that actually, physically walked the race, but I would say at least 80 of them dressed up.”

The 5K starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, with pre-registration beginning at 2:30 p.m. Registration the day of the race costs $30 and will include a T-shirt as supplies last. The race begins and ends at Hemlock Park. All proceeds benefit United Way.

Last year, the race raised $2,800 and organizers are hoping to raise at least that much with this year's race.

“It’s going to be great, but we are looking forward to having a lot more people,” Doyle said. “Our pre-registration is already up. Our shirts are cool this year too, so we are looking forward to giving those to our participants.”

This year, the flood in April washed out part of the trail participants ran on last year, so organizers had to rework the route. Doyle said they have a more effective timing system this year as well.

The race will be staffed by volunteers from UPS, the Pioneer and Ferris State University. The community also has come together in support of the race, with Biggby Coffee donating coffee and Bernie’s donating donuts for participants to have after the race.

Once again, participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The best costumes will receive prizes for first, second and third place. Runners also will be awarded medals for finishing in first, second and third place.

“It was really neat to see everyone dressed up last year,” Doyle said. “Everybody seemed to be really into it and we liked that.”

Last year’s winner completed the race in 20 minutes and 47 seconds. Organizers are hoping the weekend’s 60 degree forecast will stick so participants will be a little more comfortable this year.

“It was a little chilly last year and it’s not supposed to be this year,” Doyle said. “We’re hoping it’ll be in the 50s by 4 p.m.

Doyle is looking forward to once again raising funds to support United Way.

“I think everybody knows what United Way supports,” Doyle said. “For me, I know United Way supports our 4-H programs and my daughter is very active in that. I just think it’s important that we support everything the United Way supports. We are doing our part to help them out.”

Participants can register online or by coming into the Pioneer.

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