Hillendale families run for charity
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The Hillendale Husky leads a pack of determined runners on Saturday morning at Hillendale Elementary School.
By John Chambless
The weather didn't stop the fourth annual Husky Hustle 5K and Fun Run at Hillendale Elementary School on Nov. 1, but it tried.
Despite wind-driven rain and a temperature of 40 degrees, a couple of dozen determined parents and kids still turned up in the school's parking lot for the 9 a.m. start. Principal Steve Dissinger, bundled up under a large umbrella, greeted each arriving family.
"The event has grown every year," he said. "It began because the teachers at Hillendale organized a volunteer running club, so we usually get 70 to 100 kids who run in the mornings here, and then they do the Run For Our Sons, which benefits a family at the high school that is dealing with muscular dystrophy. We decided to do another race, the Husky Hustle. The money is going to the same family."
There were 146 runners registered and paid in advance for the race, so the proceeds will still be available for distribution through the Hillendale PTO Outreach Program to local families in need. Each runner paid $20 to $25.
The race went off as scheduled, with police blocking the roads around Hillendale as the small pack of runners finished the 5K course.
"You know what? You have good years and bad years," Dissinger said of the weather on Saturday morning. "But the kids will love it. And they're certainly going to remember it."
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