On Sunday, April 13, high school senior Johnny Hogue will host his first annual Fox Trail 5K in Ellenboro, West Virginia. Held in honor of his former running coach—Terry Spangler, who lived with Parkinson’s—the event aims to raise awareness and funds for Team Fox.
While organizing a 5K is no small undertaking for a full-time student and active athlete, Johnny explains that for him, a road race was a no brainer: “I wanted my senior project to involve running because it is a large part of my life and I love 5Ks… especially this kind, because they usually involve friends, family and community.”
First introduced to the sport by Coach Spangler when he was young, Johnny’s love for running has only grown deeper and his successful career will soon add another chapter as he prepares to join the University of Richmond’s Division I Track and Field team in the fall.
After Coach Spangler’s recent passing, in December 2013, Johnny’s project became even more personal for him. “Coach has been, and always will be, an inspiration to me. I think of him often and wanted to find a way to help with Parkinson’s research. My wish is for this race be carried on for years to come.”
With over 80 runners already registered, Johnny’s Fox Trail 5K is shaping up to be a great success. Visit his Team Fox page for more information and to donate in support of his efforts.