‘Run for Ella’ at Cotton Mill Saturday

The 4th Annual Run for Ella is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, at Cotton Mill Preserve on the Shelbyville Highway.

The trail run gets underway at 8 a.m. The one-mile walk starts at 9 a.m.

“This year’s event will feature a 10k class with more hills, rocks, roots and excitement,” said organizer Steve Swindall. “If you have run the 5k before, this will be just more trail to experience. If this will be your first year, don’t expect to set a personal best but expect a challenge that will leave you wanting to come back again.

“We will still offer the 5k and 1-mile fun run, but the 10k will let you explore more trail at The Cotton Mill Preserve.

“The overall winners for the 10k and 5k will receive a prize from Fleet Feet Huntsville, Swiftwick socks and a trophy,” Swindall added. “Age group winners for the 10k and 5k will receive medals. We will also be awarding a trophy to the oldest and youngest participant to compete in the 5k.”

As in the past, the funds will help children in Lincoln County who have been injured in an accident. One of the recipients of this year’s event will be Colton Parkin. Colton is a student at Ninth Grade Academy who was injured in a tubing accident in July. Colton was life flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital where he underwent two surgeries to repair muscles, ulner and radial nerves and brachial artery in his arm. This surgery required removal of nerves and artery from his legs to be grafted in his arm.

Colton still has a long road ahead of him in therapy. Organizers hope the Run for Ella will be able to help him and his family.

Visit the website at www.runforella.com for more detailed race information.

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm