An event that has come to be associated with Wellington’s annual Fall Fest had its final run last Saturday.

The 5k race began in 2008 when a group of women who liked to run together and train for marathons - Stormie Higginbotham, J.B. Becker, Lisa Allton, Mitzi Caroll and Alison Rusk - decided to start a race in Wellington that would raise money for a good cause.

Higginbotham’s son, Ethan, has muscular dystrophy so they created a race in which the registration proceeds would go to fighting the disease. Part of the money raised would be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and part of it would be distributed to families in Wellington with a loved one who had MD. Five families in Wellington have been helped over the past 10 years, Higginbotham said.

“Our motto is ‘We run for those who can’t,’” Higginbotham said. “We feel lucky and blessed to run and walk.”

Participation in the race was big in its early years, but has since declined, leading to the decision to discontinue it, Higginbotham said.

“Physically, it’s kind of dropped every year,” she said. “Number 10 seemed like a good run,” a good place to stop. 

There are over 40 different types of muscular dystrophy and many things are being tried, such as with stem cell therapy, to find a cure for the disease.

“That’s always the hope,” Higginbotham said.