Bellwood hosts Pumpkin Run to benefit Backpack Program

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Josie Cudaback

Senior Ciera Poulas and junior Kali Egr cheer on a runner as he passes. The Bellwood Pumpkin Run had a turnout of 73 people this year.

Josie Cudaback

The Bellwood Running Club hosted their first Pumpkin Run on Sat., Oct. 21. Participants had the option of either a 2 mile or 5K run/walk to benefit the Backpack Program.

This year, the Pumpkin Run attracted a total of 73 runners, which is a 10 person increase in attendance from last year’s Turkey Trot.

“It has grown each year we have held it,” Bellwood Attendance Center Principal Danielle Beerbohm stated. “And we can only hope to continue that trend.”

Adults, children, students, and staff alike took part in the run this year. DCHS cheerleaders and dancers cheered on the runners as they passed. In addition to that, the Bellwood Fire Department also helped by manning the corners with their trucks and ambulances.

After the run, a few raffles were held and prizes were awarded. In the end, $200 worth of proceeds were donated to the Backpack Program.

“It is a very low key and relaxed event that we encourage families to do together,” Beerbohm added. “I thought it was a great turn out.”