C-NS Students Organize Hallowrun for Hunger to Support Food Bank of Central New York

September 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The Hallowrun for Hunger is a 5K chased by zombies through the woods along the shores ofOneida Lake. It will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the C-NS Northstars Cross Country Course (Arrowhead Lodge Entrance) of Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton,NY. Registration is $25 per runner and includes a raceday t-shirt. There will also be a FREE kid’s fun run at 10:00 am, open to children age 12 and under. Register to run at www.hallowrun.com. This event benefits Food Bank of Central New York, the main food supplier to 261 emergency food programs in eleven counties in central and northern New York.

Two special factors make Hallowrun for Hunger unique – funds from the runner registration fees go directly to Food Bank of Central New York and the two race directors are each 15 years old. Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich are the C-NS students who organized Halloween for Hunger in 2011 and 2012. It was so much fun and the Food Bank was so grateful that the girls decided to try something bigger. Since Megan and Liz are runners, they thought a 5K race seemed like a perfect fit.

“In the beginning, most people we spoke to said that a 5K was too complicated for a group of students to organize,” said Liz Westfall, “but we weren’t going to give up that easily. We started with a 5K handbook from Fleet Feet and a goal to raise $5,000 for the Food Bank. Even though there were No’s for every Yes, we just kept going.” Current sponsors include Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, Dougherty’s Masquerade, WOLF 105.1, Eagle Newspapers, Cars315.com, Price Chopper, Dr. William Ranieri, Scalfone Law, Topaz Publications, Pinnacle Investments, the Cicero Police Department, CTS Telecommunications, Cindy’s Gift Solutions, Motel Thomas, and Thomas J. Pirro, Jr. Funeral Home. The students are still seeking additional sponsors to cover the event costs while raising as much money as possible for the Food Bank.

“This experience has been an eye opener in many ways,” said Megan Cuculich. “We never knew how many local families struggle to put food on the table and we want to do whatever we can to help.” While the students can reach out for business guidance from an adult advisor, the key players are all tenth graders at C-NS: co-race directors Elizabeth Westfall and Megan Cuculich, special effects artist Joshua DiFabio, set/prop design by Wesley Smiley, volunteer coordination by Joseph Collins, and DJ services supplied by Tom Pickering. The logo was drawn by Marissa Colburn during her senior year at C-NS.

 “How wonderful is it that youth today are concerned with issues of hunger. Food Bank is thrilled with Megan and Liz’s pledge to help provide meals to individuals and families in need with asking the community to participate in a fun and festive event. Together we can solve hunger,” said Kathleen Stress, Food Bank’s executive director.

For more information please contact Liz Westfall and Megan Cuculich at 315.720.5021, hallowrunforhunger(at)gmail.com, or visit www.hallowrun.com.