The fifth annual Jack Crabtree 5K “Dino Run” will launch on April 7 at the Alma High School Performing Arts Center.
The fun run to benefit the Jack Snack/Scholarship Program for Alma Public Schools begins at 8:30 a.m. with preregistration starting at 7:30 a.m.
“Jack never knew a stranger,” said Alicia Chesshir, grandmother of Jack Crabtree. “We would go out and he would know everybody, and everybody would seem to know him. It’s astronomical the impact he had on the community in Crawford County in his six years.”
The Jack Snack program provides snacks at the Alma Primary School for any student, no questions asked.
“If a child is full or not hungry, he or she will learn better,” Chesshir said. “That was where his heart was. Jack would take snacks from his house. His mother would ask him why. He would tell her, ‘Mama, there’s a little boy or girl who doesn’t have anything to eat.’ And he would take them a snack.”
Chesshir said this is the only fundraiser for the event, which began the year following Jack’s death. “The community also knows how important this program is and we couldn’t do it without them and our wonderful sponsors.”
One of the sponsors, Pizza Place in Alma will be the site where entrants can pick up their race packet on Thursday, April 5, from 3-8 p.m. Proceeds from the pizza buffet on that night will also go towards the Jack Snack program.
Jack was also a big fan of dinosaurs. “He was consumed with dinosaurs. He knew all their names, whether they were herbivores or carnivores when he was six. I think he knew all of it when he was four,” Chesshir said. “Everything had to be dinosaurs … his pajamas, his backpack and his shirts.”
The Dino Run will also feature a dinosaur costume contest.
The cost of the fun run is $30 on the day of the event and $10 for kids 12-under.
Registration forms can be picked up at Pizza Place, Bank of the Ozarks, Citizens Bank or email firstname.lastname@example.org.