North Tama's National Honor Society raised over $800 for Rachel Franksain of Gladbrook-Reinbeck Schools by hosting the Haunted Hustle 5K Run on Saturday, October 19th at the Traer Golf Course.
National Honor Society wanted to try something new this year. Susan Johnson, the advisor of North Tama's National Honor Society says, "There are many people who go unnoticed, even in small communities. The goal for the Haunted Hustle 5K was to raise money to formally recognize a person/family who has either given positively to their community or a person/family who is carrying a financial burden." Jamie Huntley, vice-president of NHS and one of the creators of this event adds, "It is easy for anyone to sit around and not do anything, but for National Honor Society to step up and put on this event for a deserving community member is outstanding. It doesn't matter how big the event was. We have discovered that doing something like this 5K is extremely rewarding.''
The National Honor Society put many hours of hard work into the Haunted Hustle. They decided to try something different at the beginning of the year and worked from then until now. ''To get ready for the 5K there was all of the planning which involved getting sponsors, designing our own t-shirts, e-mailing different schools information about the run, and setting up a Facebook page that got around 140 likes with a reach of 5000 people. It was really cool to see people who liked the Facebook page come and support the race.'' says Huntley. Donna DeBoef, a participant of the Haunted Hustle says, ''When I got to the race, it was very festive and had a fun aura about it. It was spooktacular.''
The race was full of fun and there was never a dull moment. Everyone had a good time but when it was all said and done, Abbie Schafer, age 15, became the first winner of the now annual Haunted Hustle 5K. "I was really excited and surprised that I won the race. I am honored to be the winner of the first Haunted Hustle 5K and I can't wait until next year's race!" said Schafer. During the race, there were many people around the course whose sole purpose was to scare the runners and to take their flags. If you finished the race with both of your flags, you were awarded a prize but Wyatt Kucera, a scared did not want that to happen. ''I thought scaring was fun and it gave me a thrill. I'm really glad that I was able to help out at the 5K,'' said Kucera.
Now that the Haunted Hustle is over, the National Honor Society is already thinking about next year. ''I think NHS has created a solid foundation for hosting a successful 5K. We will, again, host a 5K, with all of the proceeds going to a person/family who has gone unnoticed for making a positive contribution to their community or a person/family who is carrying a financial burden. That goal will remain our focus. Currently, we are asking for feedback from the participants, so that we can make next year's event even more successful. As NHS members, we are having conversations about things that went well, and things that could be improved upon for next year's 5K. I am excited to see how next year's National Honor Society members build upon this year's Haunted Hustle 5K,'' said Johnson.