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Fun run raising money for Marble Falls inclusive playground

Marble Falls inclusive playground plans

All proceeds from the Marble Falls High School HOSA Fun Run on Feb. 18 will directly benefit the Marble Falls Inclusive Play Group’s efforts to turn their concept plan for Wyatt’s Clubhouse into a reality. Courtesy image

The Marble Falls High School HOSA club is hosting a fun run on Feb. 18 to raise money for the Marble Falls Inclusive Play Group, a nonprofit that plans to build an inclusive playground next to Colt Elementary School. The event starts at 8:45 a.m. at the school, 2200 Manzano Mile.

Runners can chose between a 1K color run around the school or a 5K down Manzano Mile.

“The 5K will be a fun little walk-run,” HOSA advisor Emily Mendoza said. “For the 1K, we decided to try to get more of the younger kids involved by doing a color run.”

Fees for the color run are $15 per adult and $8 per child; fees for the 5K are $40 per adult and $20 per child.

“We shopped around as far as prices,” Mendoza said. “They’re all over the board as far as 5Ks. We kind of went right in the middle just because it is a fundraiser. We want to make sure we’re giving back a good amount.”

Until 2004, HOSA stood for Health Occupations Students of America; although still known by the letters, the organization represents Future Health Professionals. It is a student-run club that prepares teens for healthcare careers through competitions during the school year. The group also performs service projects and holds fundraisers.

The club decided to raise money for a local project rather than a national nonprofit with the fun run.

“Sometimes, we go through the HOSA organization and do things like blood drives, which are always great,” Mendoza said. “We just wanted to do something more community-driven.”

The Marble Falls Inclusive Play Group began fundraising for the playground after appearing before the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees in July 2022 for a long-term land lease on school property next to Colt Elementary.

The park, named Wyatt’s Clubhouse in August 2022, will cater to children of all abilities through the use of special equipment such as ramps and harnesses for those with disabilities. The park will also include tunnels, slides, swings, and a zipline. 

To register for the fun run, visit Cash-only registration will be available at no additional cost on the day of the fundraiser.