This Saturday, October 24, the GFWC Bridgeport Junior Women’s Club will be hosting their 4th Annual Trick or Trot 5K. Registration is open at the Benedum Civic Center on the morning of the race beginning at 7:30AM, with the race starting at 9AM. There are many reasons to come out and participate in this event, one being that it’s the only Halloween costume run in the area, and an even better reason being that 100% of the funds raised go straight to charity.

By participating in this 5K, you are not only promoting healthy activity, you are also directly supporting worthy causes in the area. The race proceeds will contribute to many worthy efforts, including local schools, events, and charities that the Bridgeport Juniors support. The Elle Foundation is among the organizations benefiting from this event. Started by member and Bridgeport resident, Krista Arnold, this charity provides grants to hospitals to purchase monitoring devices to send home with parents of children with heart defects and is especially near and dear to the Juniors’ hearts. Learn more about the story behind the Foundation and its mission here: www.theellefoundation.org

“This event is so special because it is unique, family friendly, and for a good cause,” said race coordinator, Irene Malfregoet. Attendees are encouraged to not only bring their children along, but to get them involved in the event as well. Not only is there a free Kid’s Dash taking place at 8:45am prior to the main race, but there are additional activities offered for children ages 2 and up to allow parents to fully participate in the run. “This year, the Juniors are partnering with Jen Brazier, the only Spartan-certified coach in West Virginia, to offer children some Spartan-like obstacles to tackle,” Malfregoet explained. “My husband and I are both runners, and this is the only race I’ve heard of that provides child care while you run. Plus, it’s such a family friendly event that you will see lots of kids running in the 5K too.”

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Don’t let the playful nature of the event fool you, though. It is a great event for serious runners as well. The course starts and ends near the Benedum Civic Center. Runners will follow a paved trail into City Park, complete 2 loops of the park, and head back up the trail to return to the Civic Center. For the first time, the race will be chip timed, allowing it to be slightly more competitive than in years past. Awards will be presented for male and female runners in the following age categories: 1-10, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. There will also be prizes for the best costume. “A costume while you run encourages interest from people who might not otherwise do it,” commented Malfregoet. Another encouragement are the post-race homemade treats and goodies that will be offered. “It beats the unripe banana and stale bagel you get at most races!”

There is still a little time to get pre-registered at www.tristaterunner.com, keyword Trick or Trot. Online registration closes Saturday morning at 5AM. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids. On race day, it is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. No registration is necessary for the free Kid’s Dash and Spartan activities.