On Saturday, July 20, around 150 Mingo Central High School supporters came out to the school to support the football team before the season begins. The race was designed to be a relatively easy run accessible for beginners and advanced runners alike. Wes Wilson, the president of the MCHS booster club, describes the event as being “somewhat challenging” without being discouraging for rookies. “Many members of our coaching staff and myself walked it…and I’m by no means an avid runner.”
A Chance to Help Mingo County Youth
In the 2018 5K, the race started at the entrance to the school gym, took runners around the stadium, and back to the school. This year, organizers decided to have runners start and end on the field at Harless Stadium to offer some “different scenery” to this year’s runners. Wes feels this sets the race apart from the other 5Ks in the area. “I don’t know of another 5K that has a start/finish in a high school football stadium.”
For Wes, what makes this event special is that it gives folks a chance to help young people in Mingo County. “Through the Miner Mountain 5K…the funds generated go right back into taking care of the team. We strive to provide our kids with the best things, whether it’s equipment, travel costs, meals, or anything throughout the season that may come up. This gives our community a chance to come together annually and show their support of Mingo Central.”
The Football Season is Just Around the Corner
The season is just getting started, and there will be plenty of opportunities for the community to support the team during their fundraising efforts. The team currently has their annual apparel sale going on. Players, parents, and fans can purchase exclusive Mingo Central Football gear knowing all proceeds will go right back to the team.
On Saturday, August 17, football fans can attend the “Meet the Miners” event. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the football team, and those in attendance will be introduced to everyone from the fall sports teams.
Those interested in staying up to date can follow Mingo Central Football on Facebook.