Tiger Trot re­turns to fundraise for mid­dle school­ers

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Sneak­ers pound­ing the pave­ment will be be heard in the cen­ter of town Satur­day for the fifth an­nual Tiger Trot.

James Boyd, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Ris­ing Sun

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Mid­dle School, said each year the race has raised from $2,000 to $3,000 to sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties at the school on Pearl Street, known as “The Green Zone.”

“We use it for in­cen­tives for stu­dents that dis­play pos­i­tive be­hav­ior and aca­demic suc­cess,” Boyd said Tues­day.

For ex­am­ple, the money could cover the cost of trans­porta­tion for a bus trip, or for snacks or equip­ment needed at the school for such events.

“The funds also pur­chase small in­cen­tives like ‘Tiger Pride’ gear stu­dents can win like neck­laces and bracelets,” Boyd said.

In­ter­est in the race grows a lit­tle each year, he said.

“Last year, we had 133 com­peti­tors do the run or walk,” Boyd said of the 3.1mile cir­cuit that be­gins and ends at the school. “We’re hop­ing for 150 this year.”

Mo­torists need to re­mem­ber the date too as some roads in the cen­ter of Ris­ing Sun will be closed to traf­fic and de­tours will be in place.

Those who reg­is­tered on­line by noon April 14 are guar­an­teed a Tiger Trot Tshirt. The cost is also lower un­til mid­night Fri­day, with en­trance fees at $20. The cost rises to $25 the day of the race.

Race day reg­is­tra­tion is 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., with the race start­ing promptly at 9 a.m. Any­one who reg­is­tered on­line at http://schools. ccps. org/ rsms/ rsms. htm need only pick up their race num­ber that morn­ing be­fore 8:45 a.m., Boyd said.

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