Apollo High School held its annual “Fun Run” this afternoon to celebrate National Physical Education and Sports Week.
Students, faculty, and faculty family members participated in a one-mile walk or run around the school property and ending on the track.
Costumes have become the tradition. Today there were ninja turtles in tutus, coordinated superhero t-shirts, camo, jerseys, and a giant banana, among others.
This marked Apollo’s seventh Fun Run, and by the looks of it, it was a big one. Organizer, Holly Johnson, estimated 500 participants.
The rest of the student body gathered in the bleachers or spread around the course to cheer them on. Spectators sprayed participants with squirt guns or threw flour bombs on runners and walkers as they passed, only to be rinsed off by the fire department who joined in the fun by opening the hydrants for some serious spraying action.
Johnson and a committee of students gathered 100 random giveaway items from places like Legends, ChickFilA, and the HealthPark. Murray State University donated t-shirts.
“The faculty loves it!” Johnson said. “I’d say half of our staff participates. We have as much fun as the students.”
Some participants were clearly there for the fun while others took it very competitively. Either way, the environment is what makes it a fun way to get some exercise.