The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 16, 2013

A year of healthy living — Devil Dash attracts large crowd

OAK HILL — The band played, and the Select Chorus performed to start Collins Middle School’s first annual Devil Dash Saturday.

Even the weather cooperated as 191 participants walked, ran or strolled to complete a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course along the White Oak Rail Trail.

Physical education teacher Joe Gutshall credited the school and community’s support as the key to the event’s success. The event was designed to promote a year of healthy living. Each participant was given a Devil Dash T-shirt, book and a DVD to promote healthy living.

“This activity is just the beginning,” said Gutshall. “We want our students and community to incorporate physical activity into their lifestyles.”

The event was truly a family activity, as participants ranged in age from infants in strollers to senior citizens.

Along their path, the participants were cheered on by members of the National Junior Honor Society. Halfway through the race, they were offered a bottle of water.

“That water never looked so good,” said one senior runner.

Crossing the finish line and receiving your time was exhilarating, other runners said.

After the race, children and their parents enjoyed lunch served by the Collins PAC, as well as volleyball, Frisbee and Red Devil corn hole.

Collins Middle School wants to thank all who participated as well as local businesses that supported the event.

Said Gutshall, “This was a fantastic day, and the start of promoting a healthy lifestyle.”