Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern team up for Mudsock 5k fundraiser


By Mark Ambrogi

Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School are literally racing to fundraise for Riley Dance Marathon.


The schools’ dance marathon committees, along with Future Farmers of America, have set up HSE vs. FHS Mudsock FT5K at 8 a.m. March 18 at the Nickel Plate District in Fishers. The race name comes from the Riley Dance Marathon motto For the Kids.

Samantha Miller serves as HSE’s FFA group advisor. FHS senior Jonathan Bauer is involved in both FFA and FHS Dance Marathon. As a member of the FT5K committee, he serves as a liaison between the two schools.

Bauer said the FFA program, which operates in both schools, wanted to strengthen the connection between the two schools for a 5K to benefit Riley.

“By bringing Fishers and HSE Riley Dance Marathons together, we become a much larger and prominent force for Riley Children’s Hospital,” Bauer said. “The rivalry has not been lost and a new competition was invented by this event. Whichever high school that brings the most participants wins a Mudsock trophy.”

Bauer said participants don’t have to go to the school or be an alumnus to enter the race. When a runner registers, there is an option which school the person would like to support.


FHS senior Julia Drozd is involved in the race through dance marathon.

“I’m thrilled to see this event be put on as it is an innovative way to use the huge rivalry of Fishers and HSE and create a competition that will help the great cause of Riley,” she said. “I am able to be involved greatly by helping with sponsorships, advertising, and the creation of the logo.”

Drozd said communication about the new event has become important.

“I can tell after visiting HSE last week the excitement seems mutual at both schools,” Drozd said. “There’s nothing like the power of competition and I am thrilled that we are able to use this rivalry to support such a great cause.”

Registration is $20 for students and $30 for adults. On-site registration at $35.

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