DS steps into ac­tion for Tiger 5K

Guide to Dripping Springs - - DS Steps into Action for Tiger 5K -

The Drip­ping Springs Band Boost­ers spon­sor the Tiger 5K Fun Run/Walk each year in April, both as a ma­jor fundraiser and as a com­mu­nity event. The 6th Fun Run event was held April 22, 2006.

The race is held in the Hid­den Springs Ranch neigh­bor­hood across from the Trail­Head busi­ness cen­ter. Signs on 290 West will di­rect par­tic­i­pants to the race and to the park­ing ar­eas. It is a USA Track & Field cer­ti­fied course (#TX04011JF) and re­sults will be posted at www.Run­Tex.com.

The 5K be­gan in 2001 as a fundraiser for the DS Band Boost­ers. In just a few short years it has be­come a great com­mu­nity event with par­tic­i­pants from across the area. The neigh­bors in the Hid­den Springs Ranch join the fes­tiv­i­ties ei­ther on the course or by cheer­ing from their yards.

“We like to see the many types of par­tic­i­pants that come out ev­ery year,” says Jean Boothby, Band Booster pres­i­dent. “ There are stu­dents from the schools, fam­i­lies with chil­dren and strollers, along with se­ri­ous run­ners from lo­cal marathons. This is re­ally a fun morn­ing for all.”

Prizes are awarded to the over­all male and fe­male win­ners, the Mas­ter’s male and fe­male win­ners and first, sec­ond and third place win­ners in each age group. Prizes in­clude ho­tel stays, din­ners, lo­cal spe­cial­ties and more. All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion from Gov­er­nor Rick Perry and a medal­lion.

The fastest run­ners are not the only win­ners, how­ever. Band stu­dents pack the par­tic­i­pants’ pack­ets with loads of ter­rific items do­nated from lo­cal and not-so-lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als. Dur­ing and af­ter the race, var­i­ous “good­ies” are given out at ran­dom and larger item door prizes are awarded.

“ We have won­der­ful spon­sors and vol­un­teers who give so gen­er­ously of their goods and time,” said race co-di­rec­tor Carol Felkel. “ The money raised will di­rectly ben­e­fit the band pro­grams of the Drip­ping Springs schools and the stu­dents as well as the Band Boost­ers thank all in­volved.”

The en­try fee is $10 (for kids 10 and un­der), $16 for pre-reg­is­tered adults or $21 on race day. Reg­is­tra­tion forms and in­for­ma­tion are posted at many area busi­nesses the week be­fore the race or can be found at www.run­tex.com.

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