More than 300 runners are expected to run the annual 5K race hosted by the Melissa Ridge Parent Teacher Student Organization on April 1.


Betty Walthall has helped organize the event since the beginning. She said this year the race will raise money for Melissa students in the fourth through eighth grades and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colby Green Scholarship Fund.


“If you register in the Colby Green scholarship team, $5 of your registration goes to the Colby Green Scholarship Fund,” Walthall said.


Green was a student at Melissa High School who died in a car accident the summer before his senior year. His mother is a science teacher at Melissa Middle School.


Another way people can donate to the scholarship fund is by purchasing pancakes the day of the race. Volunteers will be serving the breakfast treats starting at 7 a.m. in the high school Walthall said, the same time race registration begins.


The 5K run will start at 8:30 a.m. in front of the high school along Cardinal Drive and loop back around. Before the 5K there will be a 1 mile fun run.


Registration for the 5K costs $20 for students and $30 for adults and the fun run costs $15 for both students and adults. There are also team registration options with a minimum of five members needed to form a team and maximum of 10 members. Registration for team students is $15 per person and $25 per person for adults. Runners can register the day of the race.


Students and parents may also notice a familiar face running the race. Birdie, the cardinal mascot, will be running the 5K and people can register to guess how long it will take the red bird to finish the race. Whoever guesses closest will win $100.