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Pioneer 5K proceeds to benefit WCMS cross country
WCMS cross country coach Patty Kelly instructs runners of the team during practice Friday afternoon. Kelly and the cross country team will hold the Pioneer 5K at Nunley Stadium on Aug. 20 starting at 8 a.m.

The Warren County Middle School cross country team has been hard at work this summer in its inaugural season as it continues to add new runners.
Since the cross country team is new to WCMS, it’s been trying to raise money and head coach Patty Kelly has found a way to do so.
At Nunley Stadium on Aug. 20 at 8 a.m., the cross country team will be holding the Pioneer 5K, in which all proceeds will benefit the team.
Participants will start on the track, go around WCMS and ends back at the track, twice. The course is exactly 3.1 miles and includes hills, trails and road running.
The race is for anyone in the McMinnville community with the entry fee set at $25 and includes a T-shirt or $15 to enter without receiving a T-shirt.
There will be prize bags given to the winners and there will be a one-mile fun run for the kids. Some of the prizes donated by area businesses include: a free foot-long and six-inch sandwich from Subway, a $50 gift card from Foodland Plus, a free meal card from Zaxby’s, and a free haircut from Kut N Loose, among several other prizes.
Kelly talked about why the team started the 5K race. “I know McMinnville has a few 5Ks throughout the year and there are a lot of people who like to run. I think running and taking care of yourself is an important part of life so the smart thing to do was start a 5K.”
Kelly added, “It supports the kids and now the community has a different race to participate in and the whole point of it is to raise money for the team’s transportation, so we can compete in even more meets.”
Kelly also talked about what it means to the kids and how supportive the community has been as a whole to the newly formed team.
“The kids love doing the community part of it. They are all here for athletics but they have learned how to reach out to the community, which will help them in their future.”
Kelly added, “We have had a great outreach from the community. There are a lot of great people around the community and a lot that have come to the team with open arms asking how they can help.”
According to Kelly, spreading the news about the 5K has brought new members to the team in just a short time.
In conclusion, Kelly had a message for the runners and cross country fans across Warren County, “If you like to run, this is your opportunity to show that because the kids will see that people in the community like to run but it is not just a school sport, you can do it throughout your life.”
If you want to register for the race, contact Kelly via email at and she will handle the registration process for you.
The cross country team will hold its first meet Aug. 30 at WCHS.