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 or write to BHS Preservation, PO Box 149, Bath, NC 27808.