Santa Run will be Saturday

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ELLSINORE — The annual Santa Run will be held on Saturday to raise funds for the maintenance for the Brodie Gargac Memorial Ball Field in Ellsinore and Brodie Gargac Memorial scholarships.

Activities will begin at 8 a.m. at the ball park with a 5K run. The one mile fun run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and reindeer dashes for the kids will kick off at 9 a.m. Males and females of all ages may compete for the Most Christmas Spirit award. Trophies and medals will be presented in the events.

Registration fee for an adult is $20 and for 12 and under the fee is $10.

Brodie Gargac was only 9 years old when he chose renovations for his hometown’s ballfield over monster truck national finals as the wish he most wanted granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gargac succumbed to leukemia before he could see that dream become a reality, but his community has never forgotten the big heart of that little boy. Brodie died one day shy of his 10th birthday, in February 2009. Work on the field began the following summer.

Brodie’s wish brought new fencing and dugouts, brick work, dirt for the field and a scoreboard for the only ballfield in Ellsinore, which is also used by the school district for its practices and competitions. Each year, event organizers also award $500 scholarships two Ellsinore seniors who are involved in sports.

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