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Southampton High To Hold Inaugural 5K Run-Walk and Youth Squirt Spurt on Sat, Oct. 18
Southampton High To Hold Inaugural 5K Run-Walk and Youth Squirt Spurt on Sat, Oct. 18
Race Begins 8 a.m. at Courtland Community Center, 25499 Florence Street

(Courtland, VA) – On Saturday, October 18, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m., an Inaugural 5K Run/Walk will be held in the town of Courtland, VA. This event is being sponsored by the Southampton High School Athletics Department and is being put forth to raise funds for football and other athletics activities within the school system.

The race will begin at the Courtland Community Center, located at 25499 Florence Street, Courtland, Virginia 23837. (Parking is nearby at the Courtland Elementary School.)

The goal is to have a minimum of 150 run/walk participants.

Race Director and High School Football Coach Willie Gillus, said, “We want to raise as much as we can to support athletics in the school system. And I thought a race would be a good way to involve and engage the community to meet our fundraising goal. So I recommended the idea to Principal Atkinson as well as the Southampton County School Board, and I am thrilled that they were so receptive to the concept. This is a first for us and we’re excited to put on this event. We have a great steering committee comprised of local runners, coaches, current and former educators, and others. All of us are working together to ensure this event is second to none.”

Registration Details:

The cost per participant is $25, if registration is completed before September 29. (After this date, the cost is $30 per person.) Group registration is also available for teams of 10 (ten) or more persons. The cost per team participant is $20.00 each. Also, day of /“onsite registration” will be available.

To register on line, visit: www.active.com/courtland-va/running/races/courtland-5k-run-walk-2014. To register via fax or mail, contact Mrs. Teresa Baxter, Southampton High School, at tbaxter@southampton.k12.va.us or contact her at 757.653.2751 for information.

Click here to download the registration form.

Squirt Spurt

A unique element to this event is an activity called the youth “Squirt Spurt.” Coach Gillus noted, “This activity is intended to allow youngsters to also participate in this inaugural event. It is open to youth under the age of 12, and it’s just a fun way to keep the family involved in this community-wide endeavor.”

The Squirt Spurt begins at 10:30 a.m., just after the adult race concludes. The run is less than a half mile.

The cost for youth registrants if $10.


For the 5k Run/Walk, all race participants will receive a finisher medal. Additional medals will be awarded to the following age groups:


  • Age Group 13 -19:
    • Top 3 Males
    • Top 3 Females
  • Age Group 20 -49:
    • Top 3 Males
    • Top 3 Females
  • Age Group 50-65:
    • Top 3 Males
    • Top 3 Females
  • Age Group 66-above:
    • Top 3 Males
    • Top 3 Females


Also, all Squirt Spurt participants will receive a participation award, and the top two runners in the 5-7 and 8-12 age groups will receive special awards.


A multitude of sponsorships are available for this event. There are also several levels available, from Title Sponsor (which is $2500) to the Patron sponsor level (which is $250). Interested parties should contact Coach Gillus at wgillus@southampton.k12.va.us for information on available sponsorships. All proceeds from this event will benefit Southampton High School Athletic Department.

Finally, this race is being certified by the USA Track & Field organization. The USATF is the United States national governing body for the sports of track and field, cross country running, road running and racewalking activities. Final course certification is near complete.

For more details, contact Coach Gillus or Mrs. Allene Atkinson, Southampton High Principal, at 757.653.2751.

Southampton High School
Southampton Parkway, Courtland, VA 23837
(757) 653-2751


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