LAMPASAS — Temperatures were just hitting the freezing mark when runners stepped off the finish line Saturday at the inaugural 5k Frosty Fun Run event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.
Sixty people, including adults and children, participated, said Michael Blount, director of the Lampasas Boys & Girls Club.
“I had no idea what to expect going into this event,” Blount said. “But we have created a good foundation to grow on. So, we’re happy.”
More than half of the runners registered early for the event getting a $5 discount on the race’s entry fee.
Blount said the amount of money raised at Saturday’s event had not been finalized, but estimated it was about $1,000.
Blount said the money will go to the organization’s general operating fund.
“We are always looking to generate new revenue for the club as we are funded through gifts and private donations,” Blount said. “Because we offer our programs at a very reduced price so they are affordable for all families, we have to hold specific events to offset that cost.”
Blount said the Boys & Girls Club’s after-school program welcomes more than 100 children daily and more than 500 maintained membership in the club in 2013.
He said because the Lampasas area is so rural, the after-school program prevents many children from being home alone.
The program offers many activities, but Blount said children and their parents can expect the club to continue to build on what it offers.
“With this money, we hope to offer dance programs, music and other things that kids cannot get elsewhere in Lampasas. We will still offer arts and crafts and our regular activities, but we are going to also focus on the fine arts and offer unique instructional opportunities for our youth in this new year,” Blount said.
Marisa Skiles placed first in the women’s 30 to 35 age group. Skiles along with her son, 12, and daughter, 10, ran as a family.
“I thought for the first year, it was well organized and it came together smoothly. There were a few kinks. There was a mistake on the distance. Some of the markers were misplaced and the route was a little bit shorter,” Skiles said. “But, I enjoyed it as a runner. It was a good route and pretty flat — the way runners like it.”
Maggie Casanova won second place in the women’s 36 to 40 age group. She ran the race with her husband, Rob, and her son, Connor, 11. Her two younger children, Ethan, 9, and Pearl, 7, participated in the fun run.
“It was a perfect day for the event. The Boys & Girls Club made it so easy to participate. The 5k route was right through downtown and it was well marked. You couldn’t get lost,” Casanova said. “The fun run was just two laps around the club, which was perfect for the children.”
Casanova said the children’s fun run was after the 5k.
So she was able to get an extra mile in running with her children after she completed her own race.
“We participated because we really wanted to support the Boys & Girls Club. In Lampasas, they have a pretty big operation and are responsible for a lot of care the children in our community — including my own — receive,” Casanova said.