Organizers are hoping to top last year’s participation numbers with more members of the community participating in the annual event.
“We love to run tu tu much,” Belle Terre Elementary Assistant Principal Katrina Townsend, laughed.
Townsend was referring to the upcoming Belle Terre Elementary Bobcat 5K and Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 11. The run is perfect for those who want to don their frilly tutus, (men, women and children) or bow ties.
“Our goal as a school is to involve our community with information about healthy living and a healthy lifestyle,” Townsend said. “Groups are encouraged to participate. Last year PAL had a team, and Bearcat fitness has told us they are sending a team of 15-20 this year.”
Those who move at a slower pace can walk the course that starts behind BTES, winds down the trail by Indian Trails Middle, and returns to the BTES Courtyard. There are even virtual walkers who register online and support the teams in spirit.
The event includes a health fair in the BTES multi-purpose room, featuring nearly 60 vendors from dental offices, health food stores and other local businesses. Outside, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will present canine demonstrations.
For serious runners, the course has been certified by Daytona Runners and will be chip-timed by Red Pointer Running. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a medallion. An additional 90 awards will be presented in various categories.
And, of course, there will be an award for the best tutu.