​ Run like a pirate: 5K a dress up (optional)

 by Vail Stewart Rumley, WDN







event Published 7:10pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BATH — Visitors to Bath best beware this Saturday: the town is not being overrun by pirates, but it will be inundated with runners dressed like pirates. The second annual Bath High School Preservation 5K Pirate Run begins at 9 a.m. at Bath Elementary School. Runners and walkers are encouraged, but not required, to get into the spirit and hit the course dressed in some nontraditional running gear, according to Jeannie Woolard, one of the event’s organizers.

“That’s something new this year—you don’t have to, by any means, but you can come dressed like a pirate,” Woolard said.

Last year, event volunteers put on skullcaps and used swords to point runners along the course, but one runner, in full pirate gear, sparked the idea to extend the invitation to dress the part to all participants.

The Pirate Run is a fundraiser for the preservation of the old Bath High School, a town treasure that’s on the National Register of Historic Places and currently undergoing major renovation into a town community center.

“They are working hot and heavy on the old cafeteria right now which, in a few months, hopefully by the end of the year, will become our community library,” Woolard said.

Last year’s Pirate Run raised over $10,000 for the effort. This year, the BHSP organization is combining two fundraisers — the 5K run and BHSP’s annual raffle — into one event.

Once the runners have returned to the finish line, the raffle will begin. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100 and there’s plenty of pirate booty to be won: four day/three night getaways to Williamsburg and Table Rock Mountain, a bicycle, ECU football tickets, a half-day fishing trip, a Google Tablet, paintings and pottery by local artists and restaurant, landscaping, oil changes gift certificates are among the treasure to be had, Woolard said.

The best-dressed pirate and the runner/walker raising the most money through a “Sponsor a Runner” contest option will be awarded prizes, as well.

Last year’s race brought 93 runners and walkers out to cruise the streets of North Carolina’s oldest town.

“It’s a beautiful course, all right within the two bridges of Bath,” Woolard explained. The course runs from it’s start at Bath Elementary School on King Street, down Craven and Carteret streets, through Springdale Village and back down the Main Street historic district.

“You get to see both the historic homes (Palmer-Marsh House and Bonner House) and go by the St. Thomas Church, so you really get to catch all the historic beauty of it,” Woolard said. “Last year it was absolutely beautiful.”

Entry fees are $20 for children 12 and under; $25 for adults. Registration can be done online atwww.bhsp5k.com or after 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race. For more information, visit the website or call Jeannie Woolard at 252-923-7831.

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BATH – More than 90 people participated in the Bath High  School  Preservation’s first 5K run/walk Saturday morning.  Proceeds  from the event   will be used to protect and preserve that former high  school. Runners came from across the  state to take part in the  group’s first  race. “We had folks from  Raleigh, Wake Forest,  Greenville, Lenore,  Cary and all over Beaufort County,”  said Jeannie Woolard, one of the organizers  of the event. Raleigh  resident Mark Kauffmann won the race,  finishing in 19 minutes and 23 seconds. Washington  resident Mac  Jones III came in second place at  20 minutes and 9  seconds. Thirteen-year-old Holden Newman, of  Washington, took third  place,  finishing in 21 minutes and 46 seconds. “Texas  Roadhouse gift  certificates were presented to the overall Male and Female  winners.   Medals  (gold, silver and bronze) were presented to the overall  1st,  2nd and 3rd place  winners in both the Male and Female groups  and  medals were presented to the Male  and Female age group  winners,” said Cori Fritz, event coordinator. “A Kindle  Fire HD  was awarded to the winner of  the ‘sponsor a runner’ contest (Patty Selby).”  BHS Preservation  started organizing the race last  February. They planned the route to take  advantage of the scenery and  views of  Bath Creek. Woolard said the  route provided a great  atmosphere.  “There were beautiful views  everywhere you turned,” she  said. “People  were so nice and the weather was  gorgeous.”   Woolard said they were  so thankful for the support they  received  from title sponsor Lee Chevrolet and  26 others who made the event  possible.  “Along with the title  sponsorship by Lee Chevrolet  and  other sponsorships (corporate and individual),  a ‘sponsor a runner’ contest and  runner registrations, our 1st Annual 2012 BHSP  5k Pirate Run event today  benefiting the restoration and rehabilitation of  the  Bath High School, raised  over $10,000,” Fritz said.  The  event was  such a success that the  group has already announced next  year’s date. The second  annual 5K will be held  Oct. 12, 2013.   The BHS Preservation has a  few more events in the works. They will have a Tar Landing Jam Nov. 3 at 304 Tar  Landing. Members of  the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association, featuring  Tommy Edwards and  Jack Lawrence, will perform.  The event will start  with a community  jam from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. People are welcome to come with  their banjoes  and  guitars and join in on the fun. Admission to the  jam is $10 and there will be food available.  “The big event that we  have  every year is the BHSP Traditional Oyster Roast at Selby Farm,”  Woolard  said.  As  always, the annual event will be held the last Saturday of  February.  To learn more about the Bath High School  Preservation,  visit www.bhspreservation.org, email info@presbhs.org or write to BHS Preservation, PO Box 149, Bath, NC  27808.  

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