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Autism 5K set for April 18
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The Queens for a Cause Autism Awareness Team has set the date for the fifth annual 5K for Autism. It is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 18, at 8 a.m. in Historic Downtown McMinnville.
Registration on the day of the race will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The route for this year’s race will encompass downtown and Westwood. Lineup will be in front of the fountain in Court Square.
This year’s theme is “Solving the mystery one piece at a time” and the T-shirt will include a Scooby-Doo van and puzzle piece map.
Queens for a Cause Team captain Callie Durham Hitchcock says, “This will be our third year to have teams. Teams can wear the shirts provided when they registered or have the option of designing their own shirts for their team. Last year we had some teams who made their own shirts. However, most teams wore the shirt provided with the registration fee. Other teams made team bracelets or team buttons. Last year we had over 300 participants and we are hoping to break our own record this year.”
Prizes will be awarded again this year for teams with the most members, who raise the most money, and that show the best team spirit.
Team member Darlene Bryant said, “We have such a great community. The people of Warren County are always ready and willing to come together to help those in need. I am proud to be part of such a great team and be part of such a caring, generous community.
Proceeds from last year’s 5K were donated to Autism Speaks, Autism Tennessee and the Warren County School System/ Special Education. Autism Speaks’ main focus is on research. Autism Tennessee deals with resources for autistic children and their families. The school system was given $6,000 toward its special needs classrooms at Hickory Creek Elementary School, Warren County High School and Warren County Middle School.
For the past several years the race has had teams representing Team Dibrell and Team Boyd Christian. Bryant hopes for more school participation.
“I’m hoping the schools will become more involved this year,” said Bryant. “We would love to see each school being represented with their own team.”
All those who enter the 5K run as a competitive participant. Runners will receive a bib tag and will be timed by a chip timing system.
More age divisions have been added this year: master’s division male and master’s division female, best overall male, best overall female, 11 and under male/female, 12-14 male/female, 15-19 male/female, 20-24 male/female, 25-29 male/female, 30-34 male/female, 35-39 male/female, 40-44 male/female, 45-49 male/female, 50-54 male/female, 55--59 male/female, and 60 over male/female.
Registration on the morning of the event is $30. Teams of 10 or more who register before April 6 is $20 each, which includes a free t-shirt. Registration forms can be picked up at USA Gym, McMinnville Civic Center, and Warren County Trustee’s office. Shirts can be purchased for $12 or teams can have their own shirts made.
The Queens for a Cause Autism Awareness Team members are: Callie Durham, Darlene Bryant, Holly Hillis, Moe Gallagher, Paula Wanamaker, Jeff and Anne Vance, Mark and Stephanie Keith, Melanie Stinson, Rob and Ashley Giddens, Rita Ward, Tammy Keel, Brenda Wanamaker, and Tanarra Grissom.
For more information contact any team member, check it out on Facebook, or email or