The third in the series of Hit The Trails cross country 5K races is approaching and there is still time to register for the successful fundraiser. The first two races of the series, including chipped, timed race, awards and after-race celebration makes for a nice, evening run through cross country terrain.

The Friday night series is hosted by FishHawk Park Square running store Hit the Trails owner Steve Dunn, an avid runner and RRCA certified running coach, who is thrilled with the response and participation in the series. “We had 200 racers for our second race and received lots of compliments on the race.”

The first race was a fundraiser for Girl Scouts of America, the second race was in memorial to the tragic recent loss of a FishHawk Running Club member, Christine Rusher who lost her life to a brain tumor. The funds will benefit the family. More than 200 runners ran in memory of Rusher and a pre-race balloon release was a touching sight for the attendees. “Christine was a club member and friend it was an easy choice for a benefit,” added Dunn.

Rusher was a well accomplished Triathlete, a Boy Scouts of America Leader, active in the hearing impaired community and an active member of Nativity Catholic Church. She was a wonderful wife to Thomas and great mother to her two sons, Christian and Dylan.

The last race of the summer will be held on Friday, August 15, 7 p.m. at the FishHawk Fellowship Church located at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. with parking in the church parking lot. This race will benefit the FishHawk Road Runner High School Scholarship fund.

Cost to race is $12 in advance at Hit the Trails, the Website or or $15 day of the race with registration starting at 6 p.m. at FishHawk Fellowship Church.

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