Matt Olson, Copy Editor
Saturday, Oct. 10, Denton county will play host to the 2015 Anna Banana Trail Run and Walk. The event will take place on the Greenbelt Trail, specifically at the FM 428 Trailhead in Aubrey. Proceedings will start at 6:30 a.m. with registration and check-in and will involve a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K, in which participants can run or walk. The event will conclude at 9:30 a.m., when winners of the 5K run will be awarded.
The event is held in memory of Anna Brashear, a young girl who passed away from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in October 2010. The Anna Brashear Foundation was formed as a result, and on its website, its mission statement declares that its purpose is “to aid in the fight against [AML], in cooperation with Cook Children’s Hospital, through funding, research, treatment and assisting affected families.”
Anyone interested in registering for the race online can do so until Thursday, Oct. 8. Registration for the half marathon costs $70 today and Thursday. On the day of the race, half marathon registration costs $75. For the 10K, registration costs $50 today and Thursday, and $55 on the day of the race. For the 5K, registration costs $40 today and Thursday and $45 on the day of the race. Interested individuals who will be unable to participate in person can still do so by registering today or Thursday for the $30 Virtual Runner option; participants can still donate and receive a free T-shirt and medal and may run at their convenience.
The Anna Banana Trail Run and Walk is sponsored by numerous organizations, including Cook Children’s Hospital, Starbucks, Holmes Murphy, Ravelin Bakery, Steel Images Trophy Art, the Denton Sports and Physical Therapy Center, the Oak Street Draft House, Stuff-On-Shirts, the Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County, Advocare, Encore Ladies Boutique, Paiva Productions, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and Run On! Texas.