By Pam Robinson
Mount Vernon High School senior Cally Schisler challenges area residents to turn out for the inaugural “Run Your Tail Off” 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m., at Harmonie State Park, 3451 Harmonie State Park Road. All proceeds will benefit the Posey Humane Society, or PHS, and keep tails waggin’ at the shelter.
A cross country runner, 17-year-old Schisler volunteered all last summer for PHS. This year, a full-time summer job has prevented her from volunteering. The animal lover still wanted to help PHS and to channel her talents into fundraising. The “Run Your Tail Off” 5K Walk/Run is the first event of its kind to benefit PHS.
“I’ve run cross country for the past three years,” Schisler comments. “Running 3.1 miles, or 5K, is standard in cross country. So I decided to take my sport and put it into a fundraiser.”
The $15 per person registration fee includes a t-shirt. Anyone may sign up online at http://runyourtailoff.webs.com until tomorrow—Wednesday, July 25. Registration forms are also available at the PHS shelter, 6500 Leonard Road N, Mount Vernon. Sign in as well as late registration is 8:30 a.m. on race day. Late registration will cost $18 per person.
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place runners immediately following the race. Nonetheless, Schisler encourages walkers to sign up for the event and enjoy the natural beauty at Harmonie State Park while supporting a good cause. The park’s $5 gate entrance fee will be waived for all participants accepting the challenge of the “Run Your Tail Off” 5K Walk/Run.
Schisler has already run her tail off to coordinate the event. She says it required more thought and time than she had imagined. In any case, Schisler has met the challenge with the same enthusiasm and energy she has devoted not only to her cross country team, but also to such high school organizations as National Honor Society, DECA, Key Club and Student Council.
She says that her whole family loves animals, so her parents, John Schisler and Janine Aldridge, along with more family members are 100 percent behind her efforts. Her aunt, Lori Choquette, is donating, for example, bottled water for the event.
For more information, readers may call Cally Schisler at 812-319-3323.
By Pam Robinson
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