The Perry Township Education Foundation announced today that it is transforming one of its signature events, Coach Hathaway’s Running South, into the PTEF Family Fit Fest. The change reflects the organization’s focus on children and families, while retaining the tribute to one of the district’s longest serving coaches, Tom Hathaway.
The event is Saturday, September 28 at 9:00 AM at the Southport High School Cardinal Stadium. Proceeds from the event will continue to support innovative classroom projects in Perry Township Schools and the Coach Hathaway Scholarship Fund.
In addition to the traditional “Coach Hathaway 10k, 5k and 1-Mile Run,” the event now features a circuit of free, family-friendly fitness activities led by physical education teachers from the township’s elementary schools. Activities include an obstacle course, soccer goal contest, 40-yard dash, and “discovery zone” for young children.
“PTEF is honored to continue Coach Hathaway’s legacy by making fitness accessible to all.” said Amelia Miller, Perry Township Education Foundation Executive Director. “Our re-imagined event will be more family-friendly than ever.”
The event’s pricing and registration process remains the same. New this year is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Runners raise funds individually or in teams and can earn prizes and race-day recognition by securing sponsorships for their participation in the event.
Hathaway’s legacy continues to be a focus of the race portion of the program, honoring his 46 years of service as a teacher and coach in Perry Township. Coach Hathaway ran 131 marathons, many half-marathons, and countless other races. At age 79, he was the oldest finisher at the inaugural Running South event in 2011. Hathaway passed away in 2012.
For more information or to register for the event, visit the Perry Township Education Foundation website at www.ptef.org.
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