The Northville Girls Cross Country is hosting a fundraiser this weekend to help benefit their team as well as the Michigan Cancer Foundation.
This is the first time the team has done something like this and they are looking to the community for some help.
“We will be doing a 12-hour relay where my athletes will be in teams of four and run on the track in increments of one mile to three miles at a time switching runners throughout the 12-hour time period throughout the night,” said coach Nancy Smith.
They have also invited former Northville Girls Cross Country members to form teams of four-five former athletes and join us. Runners were asked to collect donations either per mile that they run or a straight donation. Fifty percent of the money raised will be donated to Michigan Cancer and the other half will go into the team funds to help offset costs or things they need for the season.
“We have picked the local Michigan Cancer Chapter as cancer has struck many of our runners’ (both present and past) family members, so it is an organization that is close to us,” Smith said.
They are hoping that the community can help in donating to the cause by making a donation to the event. If a community member or business makes a donation they can come and join the team during the night or if any local businesses want to make a donation of food or water, Gatorade or drinks it would also be great.
This team is expecting to do big things this upcoming year. Smith said, “Our team is looking great right now.”
The team finished third in the state last year after winning the state title in 2013 and brings back six runners from last year’s team plus some talented new comers. Smith said this looks to be a big team with 35-40 girls who are very driven, talented and committed to trying to bring home another State Title this year.
“If we stay healthy and train hard it is within our reach,” according to Smith.
The fundraiser takes place from 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25 to 7 a.m. Sunday, July 26 at the NHS track.
To help out or make a donation contact Smith by email at Smithna@northvilleschools.org or mail donations to: Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48168 Attention: Nancy Smith – Girls Cross Country. Checks should be made out to Northville High School.
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