PAINESDALE - Jeffers High School will host one of its biggest fundraisers this weekend when the eighth annual Jeffers High School 5k and half Marathon is held Saturday.
The event is usually the school's biggest fundraiser of the year, but this last year, students sold tickets for a grand raffle in order to raise money for athletics. The marathon usually brings in anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000, said Superintendent Tim Keteri.
"This raises money for athletics," he said. "One year, we raised as much as $8,000."
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the half marathon begins at 8 a.m. The 5k walk/run will follow at 9. Participation is $30 for the half marathon an $15 for the 5k walk/run. The cost is $50 for a group of four for the 5k walk/run.
The most important aspect of the event is the involvement of students, Keteri said. Students help run the entire event, be it by helping with the water table, at the start and finish lines and by organizing the event.
"The athletes really get involved with the event," he said. "The coaches and athletes are on the trail."
This event is the last athletic fundraiser for the year.
Different this year is the route, as 5k participants will be bused to the start of the race at the South Range ball field following registration at Jeffers High School.
"The 5k course is kind of rocky and rough," he said. "So it will be a straight shot to the high school."
Registration forms can be found online at adams.k12.mi.us/district/jhs-5k-walkrun-and-12-marathon/ or participants can register the morning of the race.