Carroll bands hosting musical 5K

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FORT WAYNE — After a successful first year, Carroll High School bands will bring back their newest fundraising event April 27. The Carroll Bands Move It for Music event is a fun twist on the standard 5K race, combining running and walking with musical entertainment.

Students in Carroll’s instrumental groups will perform along the 5K course as participants walk or run at their own pace.

“Last year, we had band students stationed about every half mile along the course, and it was really fun — especially having the drum line in the street,” Race Director Julie Hacker said. “We had a group of trumpets in one area, some mixed groups with trombones and flutes, and we even had the marimbas stationed at the registration area. People really enjoyed it.”

Last year’s event took place at Carroll High School, and nearby subdivisions made up the 5K course. Carroll has partnered with the Parkview Family YMCA and Fort Wayne Trails this year to bring the event to the YMCA, 10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd., Fort Wayne, utilizing the Pufferbelly and Salomon Farm trails.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the event.

“This isn’t just for NACS families — we definitely like having community involvement,” Hacker said. “Our first year’s race was well attended. We had alumni, some local runners and families — kind of a mix. We had a lot of first-timers who were a little unsure about it, but a lot of them walked and I think they felt a sense of accomplishment after doing it. Walking three miles is a good distance, but you can get it done in less than an hour, and it feels good to get out there — especially on the beautiful trails at the (YMCA).”

Band students will perform before, during and after the race, and all proceeds will benefit Carroll’s many instrumental groups.

“The Carroll bands have a huge budget between the marching band and the three jazz bands now, the color guard and winter guards, indoor percussion — just a lot of different pockets within the instrumental music department — so that money goes into things like the new semi-truck we bought last year and the new uniforms,” Hacker said.

The 5K will start and end at the YMCA, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 per person now through April 1, but if you sign up with a friend before April, both of you will receive $5 off registration. The registration fee includes a race T-shirt and medals for age group winners.

Races will be chip timed with prizes for various age groups. Strollers are welcome, but pets are not allowed.

Registration can be completed at runsignup.com/move_it_for_music_5k.