LEHMAN TWP. — The Run to the Beat 5K Run/Walk will challenge area athletes and music lovers to raise funds for the Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School band and chorus programs.
Seventeen-year-old Sierra Titus organized the fundraiser, which is also her senior project, after the annual Knight of Mayhem was canceled this spring.
“We (band and chorus members) never had a good fundraiser except Knight of Mayhem,” Titus said. “It (Knight of Mayhem) was a big hit.”
Titus estimated Knight of Mayhem raised about $1,000 for the programs.
Several attempts to reach Superintendent James McGovern regarding why the Knight of Mayhem was canceled and if the band and chorus programs were financially stressed were not returned before deadline.
Community support has allowed Titus to exceed her goal of raising $500 for each of the two programs.
“I have already superseded my goal,” she said. “I have raised $700 so far for each (band and chorus).”
The Run to the Beat event will test the endurance of athletes as well as provide a scenic walk for participants wanting to take a leisurely journey through the high school’s cross country course.
“The course starts at the high school and takes you around the property,” Titus said. “It will be well-marked.”
A water station will be placed a mile and a half into the route, she said.
Registration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. July 23 at the high school. Registration forms can be picked-up at Cook’s Store at 1201 Mountain View Drive in Lehman, the Lehman Township municipal building or by visiting www.neparunner.com.
The event also will have activities for those not traversing the school grounds, Titus said. A disc jockey will play tunes. Children can have their faces painted. Plus, raffle baskets sponsored by local businesses, school clubs and families will be available for bidding.
“I have over six baskets so far,” she said.
Some themed baskets are “A Day at the Beach,” a movie basket, and a pasta basket, to name a few.
The project taught Titus the work involved in taking an idea and developing it into reality.
“It took a lot of forms,” she said.
She began in May by filling out forms at the high school for use of the property. Then she sought out donations from area businesses.
“Organizing it (the event) was hard,” she said. “The hardest part was learning to ask for help.”
Titus was happy to invest her time and effort to organize a fundraiser benefiting programs she was involved in since seventh grade.
“It feels good to help,” she said.