Posted on August 26th, 2015 in Featured, General News

Perry Township Family:

Coach Hathaway’s Running South isn’t possible without your continued help and support.  The event is a little over a month away on Saturday, September 26th. Coach Hathaway’s Running South is a fun event open to all ages and abilities.  The event includes: Health Fair, 10K, 5K, 1 mile, and ¼ mile Kiddie Romp to be held at Southport High School/Perry Stadium.  The proceeds raised from Coach Hathaway’s Running South will allow the Perry Township Education Foundation (PTEF) to provide grants to teachers and administrators in Perry Township Schools for innovative and creative educational opportunities.  Since 1994, the Education Foundation has awarded over $1,100,000 in grants to Perry Township Schools.

The late Tom Hathaway ran 131 marathons, many half-marathons, and countless other races.  At age 79, he was the oldest finisher at the inaugural Running South event. He accomplished the feat of running one marathon in each state-gaining him entry into the 50 States Marathon Club. He would often win his age group. Tom taught and coached cross-country and track in Perry Township Schools for 44 years, most of that time at Southport High School.  He also coached at the University of Indianapolis and KLA’s Training Programs.  PTEF will also award a scholarship to a Perry Township graduate that will attend the University of Indianapolis.

I challenge every Perry Township Employee to complete at least one of the tasks below.  There are many ways you can support the event:

Participate in the 10K, 5K, or 1 Mile Run/Walk by registering online at:

-Volunteer online at to work the event (beside participants in the race, we need people to help on the course, with post-race food, to set-up, tear-down, and the list goes on)  For any questions,

please don’t hesitate to contact Monica Lund at

Sponsor the event or recruit other businesses to sponsor (attached) or at

Visit the district health fair in Perry Stadium, Sat. Sept. 26th from 7:30 am-11:30 am

Donate to the Coach Hathaway’s Scholarship Fund online at:

Prepare students to run/walk the event (PE teachers, running clubs, etc.)  Please respond to this e-mail if your school has a running club.

Help students register online (preferred) at or with paper registration form (attached)

Bring entertainment (cheerleaders, music groups, school mascots, etc.)  Call or e-mail Jason Wiesmann to reserve space.

Promote the event by word of mouth, e-mailing family/friends, and liking/sharing on social media (links below to PTEF Facebook page and Coach Hathaway’s Running South event page)

Share event info. on school announcements, announce at township sporting events, post on school marquee, post on school webpage, distribute and post attached print materials (posters/postcards/registration form), and

include in school/class newsletters

Don’t forget the elementary and secondary schools with the highest percentages of participants and volunteers will receive a $250 grant.  New this year is a traveling trophy.  The Perry Township school with the highest percentage of participants and volunteers will have their school name engraved on a trophy.  The winning school will keep the trophy to display at their school for the next year.

All event details and to register can be found at

1 Mile walk

10K 5K Start