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Strawberry feet (forever): MHS race and walk coming back after COVID

MORGANTOWN — Lace up your running shoes and recalibrate the stopwatch setting on your phone.

After the pandemic stopped it in its tracks last year, the Mohigan 5K Run and Walk is returning to Morgantown next month.

This is the third year for the event, which raises money for academic programs at Morgantown High School, through the school’s MHS Foundation.

Participants will hit their marks Aug. 14 at the Caperton Trail in the Wharf District.

Start and finish is at the back of the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place.

Earl Straight, a retired Morgantown High teacher who currently serves as foundation president, said he and his fellow foundation members are itching to get out of the blocks for what has proven to be an effective fundraiser for the school.

“At Morgantown High, we’ve always received great community support,” he said.

“After a year off due to COVID-19, we look forward to another successful event that supports our great high school.”

Both the race and fun run/walk will use the same course, the foundation president said.

Runners and walkers registering by July 30 will receive a Mohigan Strawberry 5K T-shirt while supplies last.

Visit the “MohiganStrawberry5K” page on Facebook for particulars on how to register, along with the rundown on sponsors.

The foundation also likes going beyond Morgantown High’s walls for its motivation.

Two years ago, it worked to establish scholarship in honor of the late Mary Petropoulus, a beloved teacher whose students flocked to her classes on European history and psychology – even if she wasn’t shy about giving homework.

It’s also known for its annual strawberry sale, another COVID casualty of 2020.

Dates for the 2021 sale, meanwhile, will be announced at a later date, according to the foundation’s Facebook page.

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