Run proceeds benefit local middle school cross country

TALENT, Ore. — Organizers of the 11th annual Talent Frostbite Run tallied 231 people participating this year – the largest number in five years.

While a third of the proceeds will go to help the cross country team at Talent Middle School other donations will go towards helping donate shoes to young athletes in need across the valley.

Southern Oregon Runners has partnered with the Rogue Valley Runners and has raised $2,300 since November.

The event also highlighted an opportunity through Jackson County Physical Therapy. The clinic is sponsoring any 18-year-old or younger and will allow them to run for free in any Southern Oregon Runners event.

An event tomorrow is donating a portion of proceeds to the Talent Middle School cross country team.

The Talent Frostbite Run will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. The 5k and 10k courses start and end at Talent Middle School and takes runners through the back roads of the city. So far there are just under 200 runners signed up.

“One-third of our proceeds go right back to Talent Middle School cross country team for uniforms and then another part of the run, there’s a raffle – the entire raffle – 100 percent goes to the cross country team,” Amy Heywood, member of the Southern Oregon Runners.

It isn’t too late to sign up for the race. Runners can sign up in person at talent middle school for a $25 fee. The race is free for those under 18, through the RunFree Youth Program, courtesy of Jackson County Physical Therapy and Southern Oregon Runners.

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