“We want to keep Pink Out alive and we want to keep the community involved, so that’s why we decided to try out the 5K,” organizer and AMS teacher Christy Ridley said, adding the event in future years will change to a 5K-only because AMS has moved to a new facility.
Both AMS and AHS moved to new facilities in the past five years. The former AMS was located on the campus of the former AHS, which had the football field on which students, teachers, parents and survivors gathered to spell out words or symbols of encouragement while wearing pink.
This year, participants plant to spell the word “cure.”
“We’re going to do both [the display and 5K] this year so hopefully people can see what it’s going to be like because this is our first time hosting a 5K as well,” Ridley said.
Teacher and coach Michael Roberson said while people can register for the event by calling the school, 770-606-5842, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, on-site registration also will be held Oct. 26 at the middle school from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.
“We’ll start the run/walk at 8 o’clock and people who register ..., for adults it’s a $25 registration fee and for students it’s a $20 registration fee,” Roberson said, adding the money raised from the registration fees will go toward serving local families affected by breast cancer. “Even the people who don’t run will get out and walk for events that are good causes and worthy causes and this definitely is a worthy cause, so we felt like we could get some good community involvement, so we just kind of ran with it from there.”
Winners from each age group will receive medals, Roberson said, and the overall male and female winners will receive a Walmart gift card.
Ridley said last year’s Pink Out drew nearly 2,000 people to the AMS football field. She said with the addition of the 5K, she hopes participation and awareness will surpass previous years.
“We’ve had a lot of things donated [this year],” Ridley said. We’ve had water donated, we’ve had bananas donated, and then we’ve had sponsors donate money as well so hopefully all that money will be able to fund the cost of the race so the money we make by registering people can go to our Pink Out charities.”
She said the event is meant to be a cumulation of smaller school events surrounding National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We talk to our kids every year and it started just with breast cancer but now it’s moved into cancer because so many in our community and everywhere are affected by cancer,” Ridley said. “What we’ve started doing ... is we find a student, a child our kids can relate to who is fighting the battle and then we find a lady in our local community who is also fighting the breast cancer battle and we divide our proceeds in half and give it to them. We did that because we wanted the kids to see where the money they raise ... [goes] and it’s really cool they can see who it goes to and that it really does make a difference to someone.
“Another thing is we invite all cancer survivors to come and do the survivor lap. Similar to the survivor lap at Relay for Life, we surround the field and clap for them and it’s just anyone who has had cancer. It affects everyone and I think our kids learn that day that it’s bigger than them, that they learn a life lesson and what they do to support someone can make a difference in a person’s life.
“It’s not about the money, we just try to do something for our community and we help local people and that’s important.”
If You Go:
What: Adairsville Middle School Pink Out
When: Friday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m.
Where: Adairsville High School football field
Info: 770-606-5842, email@example.com
If You Go:
What: Adairsville Middle School Pink Out 5K/walk
When: Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m., with registration from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.
Where: Adairsville Middle School front entrance
Info: 770-606-5842, firstname.lastname@example.org