The REACH Council and the Waxahachie Crime Stoppers will be hosting the 5K Drugs End All Dreams (DEAD) Run and pumpkin one-mile fun run Saturday, Oct. 26.

The proceeds from the event will help both organizations continue their mission of making Ellis County a safer community.

The DEAD Run is going to take place along the hike and bike trail starting in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. The 5K run will go Getzendaner Park, run along the trail and venture off into a graveyard at dusk where there will be “live” zombies to “motivate” runners along the way. The run will be timed and prizes will be awarded for the best times in each age category.   

Runners are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costume.

The one-mile pumpkin run will also start in Getzendaner Park shortly and will remain on the nature trail between the park and Rogers St. This run will be geared toward children and will be not be too spooky so they are able to enjoy it. It will also be a zombie free run.  

The kids are welcome to wear their costumes and race participants and children of race participants will be able to trick or treat with our vendors after the race.

Event organizer Nisa Hurd said students from the Waxahachie High School Theater Department have been enlisted to play the zombies that will be along the trail. While the zombies will be menacing they will not be allowed to grab or touch any of the participants taking part in the run. Fog lights will be used to add to enhance the feel of the run.  The run will be timed and prizes will be awarded for the best times in each age category.  

Hurd said they would like to be able to raise $10,000 from the run but so far they have only been able to raise $3,000. The run is still in need of sponsors at several different levels including the platinum level sponsor at $1,500. Vendors are also needed. Vendors that wish to be apart of the run can pay $40 for a vendor booth or bring enough candy for $75 trick-or-treaters.

People can find additional information or register for the run at www.isurvivedthedeadrun.org. Registration is $35 per runner and $40 on race day. The 5K will start at 6:30 p.m. and the Pumpkin Run will start at 6:35 p.m. The website features a complete map of the run. The proceeds from the run will be split between the REACH Council and Crime Stoppers.

The REACH (Resource, Education, Action Council, Helping, Midlothian) Council is a nonprofit organization that works with youth multiple school districts in Ellis and Johnson Counties. They educate students on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse. REACH encourages and supports student in making safe and healthy choices. REACH also provides educational information to the community as well.

Hurd said REACH is funded through the Department of State Health Services. The funds raised from the event will serve as the matching portion that they are required to raise to receive funding from the state.

 Information about the REACH council can be found online at  www.reachcouncil.org.

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. All tips provided to Crime Stoppers remain confidential and can be left anonymously.

People who have information about crimes in the community can call them into the tip line at 972-937-PAYS (7297). Tips can be sent in by text message by sending a text to 274637. Type “hachie” before the main body of the text message so it will be directed to the organization. The group has also set up a website, www.waxahachiecrimestoppers.org, where tips can be sent in. Tipsters can be paid up to $1,000 leading to the arrest and/or conviction of criminal (s).

“Our goal is to build a relationship with another non-profit here in Ellis County. Both us were doing some type of a run and instead of competing against we work with each other to make this an annual event,” Waxahachie Police Department Community Relations Officer Wess Winn said. “This will take the place of our police department run we do in the spring. What better way to bring two groups together.”

Winn said Crime Stoppers has received a lot of tips that have been forwarded onto to the Ellis County Taskforce in connection to drugs and have paid out around a $1,000 to tipsters.

Winn wants to encourage people to come out and take part in the run Oct. 26 to support both groups and enjoy the race. Sign up and run.

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