Superheroes, zombies and witches filled Getzendaner Park on Saturday evening to take part in the Drugs End All Dreams (DEAD) Run 5K and one-mile fun run. The REACH Council and the Waxahachie Crime Stoppers teamed up to host the event.
“This is the first DEAD Run and we hope that this will be something that people want to come to in the future. We had 61 runners pre-register and had got a good crowd out here,” said Wess Winn with Waxahachie Crime Stoppers.
The DEAD Run route led costumed runners along the hike and bike trail to the Waxahachie Cemetery where live zombie (actors) “motivated” runners to finish the course. Runners with the top times in each age bracket won various prizes.
Among the nearly hundreds of runners, Amanda Dohring, dressed as Supergirl decided to participate in the run after seeing a flyer.
“I thought it would be something fun to do, and I'm training for a half marathon in Dallas in December,” Dohring said.
REACH Council Director Nisa Hurd estimated that about 15-20 runners joined the 61 pre-registered participants at the event.
“I think that we have a great support going and a great partnership (with Crime Stoppers),” Hurd said. “I think that this event is going to get bigger and better each year.”
The DEAD Run raised about $5,000 to benefit REACH Council, which works with youth through school districts throughout Ellis and Johnson Counties to educate students on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse, while encouraging them to make safe and healthy choices in life. Visit www.reachcouncil.org to learn more about REACH Council.
The proceeds from next year's event will be split REACH Council and Waxahachie Crime Stoppers.
Waxahachie Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization that serves all of Ellis County. By forming partnerships with members of law enforcement, the media, the public and a team of volunteers they all work together to solve crimes. To learn more about Crime Stoppers, visit www.waxahachiecrimestoppers.org.