5K runners don wacky socks, race for Miracle League

Published 9:50am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lace up your running shoes and grab your wackiest pair of socks for the Wacky Socks 5K Fun Run Saturday morning at Village Green Park in Millbrook.
Put on by the Millbrook-based Alabama Sox Travel Baseball Organization, some proceeds from the 5K, which starts at 8 a.m., and the following 1-mile Fun Run will go to Montgomery’s Miracle Baseball League.
Pre-registration for both events is $25 at active.com, but runners can still register the morning of the race for $30.
Brandon Barrett, founder of Alabama Sox baseball, said raising money and awareness for the Miracle League was a no-brainer and right up their alley.
“More than anything, baseball is what we do and we want to make sure our kids and all the other kids understand that its a privilege,” he said. “I want them to understand that you’re lucky to do it.
“(The Miracle League) is very limited on when and how they can play. It’s right up our alley, and something that the kids can relate to. We feel like the baseball league related to us more than anything. A lot of people don’t know who the Miracle League is and we wanted to help them out and let people know who there are.”
Alongside the great cause, Barrett and the Sox were looking for a fun spin on the event. With the teams also known as the “Durty” Sox, he said the moms of the players came up with the idea of the wacky socks.
“The moms came up with that and ran with it. And we wanted to add something for fun. We didn’t want to name is the ‘Durty’ Socks Run, so we ran with wacky socks, and we’re going to have fun with it.”
While runners will be running with wacky socks on, they’ll also be running for the kids of the Miracle League.
“Other than having fun doing the run, it’s such a good cause for them,” Barrett said. “If you (don’t) want to run for yourself, come run for the handicap children and help them out.”

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