Halftime race at Falcon football game to raise funds for track, cross country

Jeff Bobo • Oct 1, 2019 at 10:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — An 800 meter race around the track during halftime of Volunteer High School’s home football game Friday against Tennessee High will help raise money for the Falcons’ track and cross country programs. 

The first ever Falcons Halftime 800 is open to anyone, and the $20 entry fee also includes a T-shirt.

VHS track/cross country coach Jim Ailshie told the Times News that the program had always relied heavily on the Falcon 5K fundraiser, which had coincided with other festivals that have since been discontinued.

Ailshie said he wanted to try something different that might pique the interest of more “fun-runners” this year.

“We have organized road races in the past, but they are more or less a dime a dozen in the area,” Ailshie said. “We wanted to host something unique which would generate some excitement but at the same time promote health and wellness in our community. We are more or less bringing the race to a live audience.”

There will be age group medals and participation medals for any student who completes the race.

There will also be an overall male and female first place trophy.

Registration will take place at the ticket booths outside the stadium and near the start and finish line before the race.

Sponsors for the event are the following: Cooper Standard Automotive, Hutchinson Sealing Systems; CBC Trucking; Jackson Tree Service; Cox Racing Engines, Cosby Creek Cabins, Pizza Plus Surgoinsville; Benny Wilson Band, Greater Kingsport Alliance; Eastman Credit Union; Old Stage Printing; Patterson Homes; Yankee’s Bee Line; Hayworth Tire & Auto Service; and Horizon Credit Union.

“I am appreciative to all of the sponsors,” Ailshie said. “Walkers, joggers and competitive runners are all invited to attend. Should be a great event!”