Run in the Dark to take off at Alliance Airport

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A high-flying new course will greet runners Sept. 21 in the 14th Annual Run in the Dark benefiting the Community Storehouse.

A small portion of the five-kilometer run will be on the ramp at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, with the start and finish on airport property.

“We are really excited about the route,” said Megan Stiller, development leader. “Last year we had over 2,500 runners and this year we expect over 3,000.”

For the last few years, the run was in and around Alliance Town Center. Stiller said that Hillwood Development officials suggested a change to the Alliance Airport area to better accommodate runners and spectators.

“They invited us to come out to the airport, and they’ve been great supporters,” Stiller said.

The route begins on Alliance Boulevard at the airport and goes east to Heritage Parkway, then north to a u-turn right before Eagle Parkway, then south back to the airport and through the northern gates onto the airport ramp, then back along the fire lane through the southern gates to the finish on Alliance Boulevard.

This year’s event will also feature food trucks, live entertainment and even some aircraft on display. On-site registration begins at 4 p.m. The food trucks will be available by 5:30. The 1-mile fun run starts at 7 p.m. and the 5-kilometer run/walk is at 7:45 p.m.

Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers and the top three males and females in each of nine age groups. The school with the most participation will receive the Run in the Dark Storehouse Cup to display for a year on campus while the largest registered team from a business or church can hold the Community Team Cup for a year.

For the last two years, KISD’s Eagle Ridge Elementary School has won the Storehouse Cup.

Andy Jennings, Eagle Ridge physical education teacher, said, “We want our families to get involved because it’s important to give back and support our community.”

Jennings said that the Storehouse Cup has been proudly on display in the school office. “It shows what Eagle Ridge is all about,” he said. “We want to be active in the community and walking, jogging or running is part of establishing a healthy lifestyle.”

Last year, more than 420 Eagle Ridge students and their family members participated in the Run in the Dark. Jennings plans to encourage kids and parents to get involved again. “It’s a great way to start the year off right,” he said.

The cost is $27 for an adult runner and $22 for a runner under 18. Teams of 10 or more can register for $20 per runner. To guarantee a Run in the Dark t-shirt in the proper size, participants should register by Sept. 6. Register online at runinthedarkDFW.com or in person at Hope’s Closet, 5601 Basswood Blvd., during regular business hours or on Sept. 19-20 at Kroger, 976 Keller Pkwy., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Proceeds go to the Community Storehouse, a non-profit organization that helps children and families in need who live in the Keller and Northwest school districts. In 2012, the Community Storehouse provided more than 14,000 services to 4,472 children.

Services include a summer reading program, summer lunch programs, school supplies and haircuts, assistance with routine medical needs and a food pantry. Run in the Dark, which raised more than $150,000 in 2012, is one of two fundraising events for the Community Storehouse; the charity also sponsors the Hope Dinner in March.

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