GAINESVILLE, TX – Runners from across North Texas and Southern Oklahoma will converge on Gainesville next month for a special event that raises money for our community hospital.
The 26th running of the North Texas Medical Center Foundation’s Halloween Hustle is set for Saturday, Oct. 28. The event raises money for the NTMC Foundation, which in turn uses the proceeds to purchase much-needed equipment for the hospital. This year, proceeds will go toward the purchase of a Cardiac CT machine for the NTMC Imaging Department. The $1.2 million machine is being purchased with donations to the Heart of NTMC Campaign.
“This is always a fun event, whether you are a serious, competitive runner or just someone wanting to come out and run or walk the course,” said NTMC Foundation Executive Director Darin Allred. “We had close to 500 registrants last year and we expect a big turnout again in 2023. Runners come from all over North Texas and Southern Oklahoma to take part in the Hustle, and they come back year after year because it’s just a fun event.”
Runners and walkers of all ages will be traversing a 5K (3.1 mile) or 10K (6.2 mile) course. The race is USATF certified and will feature digital bib timers. The race will start and finish at North Texas Medical Center, 1900 Hospital Boulevard in Gainesville. Race warm-up is slated for 8 a.m. with a race time of 8:30 a.m.
Online registration is now available at www.ntmcfoundation.org or entry forms can be obtained at the North Texas Medical Center information desk.
Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age division and to the school district and business or organization with the highest number of participants. There is also an award given to the top overall male and female finisher in both the 5K and 10K.
Entry fee is $25 per person for the 5K and $35 per person for the 10K if submitted by October 20. Groups of five or more may receive a $2 discount when submitted together. You must register by October 13 to guarantee a race T-shirt.
A $12 entry fee is available for student teams of 10 or more when submitted together. Student teams must be composed of students and one adult supervisor. Parents have the opportunity to register as individuals or with a group of five or more for the regular race price.
“It’s been fun over the years to see which local school will bring the most participants,” Allred said. “We have some that bring their cross country teams, and others who will have students from elementary age to high school age there. And several local businesses will have employee teams. We always have tremendous support from the local community when it comes to teams and sponsorships.”
Local businesses are encouraged to become a race sponsor. There are several sponsorship levels available.
Late registration is October 21-28 and is $30 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K. Packet Pick-Up is Thursday and Friday, October 26-27, from 3 to 6 p.m. at NTMC and until 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 28.
For additional information on the Hustle, please call the North Texas Medical Center Foundation office at (940) 612-8460.