The Troy Heritage Society presented $500 to the Troy Track and Cross Country boosters. The money was raised from the Maple Festival 5K held during the Maple Festival at Alparon Park in April.
"The 5K brought people into Troy and helped to support the Maple Festival and the Troy Sale Barn," said Bill Brasington of the Heritage Society. The high school athletes worked at the registration table, helped to mark the course, flagged traffic and staffed water stops for the runners. "This is their community," Mr. Brasington said, "They came to us with a willingness to be involved, without seeking to share the money.
They contacted us without an interest in raising money for themselves. They asked 'how can we help'?" We told them they could be a partner and share in the money. He added, "It was a great cause for both parties - they could run a race and then eat pancakes!" The coaches said "It as a nice way to earn pancakes."
Coach Bollinger said the track team would use its share of the gift for equipment, including hurdles. He thanked Mr. Brasington for the gift and said that the Boosters would accept anything the community can give.
Mr. Brasington said the community strongly supported the Maple 5K. He said Mill Street Popcorn in Sylvania and Barnstead Pantry made donations.
There will be 5K race in September at the Heritage Festival in Troy, Mr. Brasington said trophies were presented to the overall winners in the Maple 5K with medals to the top three finishers in each category, but there will be trophies for all those winners at the Heritage 5K in September.