Tiger Trot benefits cystic fibrosis victims
FLORENCE, S.C. – Nearly 100 runners laced up their shoes for the fourth annual Tiger Trot 5K Saturday morning.
The event, organized by Wilson High School cross country coach Frankie Humphrey, raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Jonah and Jonathan Moore, who are second-graders at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.
This year, the Tiger Trot took place at the co-ed Fitness World Gyms location on Second Loop Road. Normally, the Tiger Trot is held at Wilson High School’s cross country course, but because of the rain the area has had, the course wasn’t in a good condition for the 5K, Humphrey said.
Humphrey said he anticipates the 5K to raise nearly $1,000 for cystic fibrosis research.
Humphrey founded the 5K to raise to raise money because Jonah and Jonathan are one of his friend’s children.
“A lot of people don’t know about it [cystic fibrosis] as far as the other things that get a lot of attention,” Humphrey said. “That’s something I wanted to be a part of and raise money for because there is no cure for it.”
Anna Todd won first place overall for females with a 20:30 time, and James Belt won first place overall for males with an 18:57 time.
At the end of the race, runners who placed in the top three places overall and in their age category received a medal. Both Todd and Belt won a trophy for winning first place.
During the race Jonathan and Jonah Moore walked the 5K path with their mother, Barbara.
Barbara said it’s a blessing for people to donate money to this cause.
“It’s such a blessing because cystic fibrosis is not a well-funded disease just because so few people have it, and they are making great strides,” she said. “They really feel that there is a cure out there.
She said the condition is tough to have as a child because of the complications with the disease.
“They’re tough little boys, and they stay happy and active,” she said.