Early Saturday morning, six runners gathered near the post office in Fairbury, decked out in costumes and ready to run during the first ever Fairbury Optimist Club Skeleton Scurry.
April Stone, Fairbury Optimist Club member who organized the event, explained that the Skeleton Scurry has been in the works for over a year.
“The club was looking for another fundraiser and one of our members suggested a costume race,” said Stone. “We tried to organize it last year, but we weren’t able to get it done in time. We were able to put it all together this year though.”
Stone explained that a total of 10 people registered for the 2K/5K run, which she believes is a good turnout for such a young event. She hopes that the event will continue to grow each year.
“It was a bit of a cold morning for this event,” Stone said. “We were setting up at the post office at 8 a.m. and we started our runners on the course at 9 a.m. So I think the weather may have affected the turnout a bit, but we’re going to have the Skeleton Scurry next year on the Saturday before Halloween and we want to see it grow even more.”
The Fairbury Optimist Club, which serves youth in Jefferson County, hosts a number of events for young people throughout the year, such as a free fishing clinic, a youth appreciation dinner and an essay contest for students to receive scholarships. Stone explained that the Optimist Club is always looking for new members to help serve young people throughout the county. She invites people to attend the next meeting on November 14 at 9 and Dine at 6:30 p.m.