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Hernando Bolt for Blue 5K short on runners

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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Consider it kids helping kids, or students helping students if you will.

The Interact Club at Hernando High School has put together the Bolt for Blue 5K, a 3.1-mile run Saturday morning, Nov. 3.

All of the money raised goes to help children with autism and their families.

"It affects so many kids and so many people don't even notice it", said student Austin Vaughn.

The idea for the race got going because autism hit home for English teacher Holly Neel.

"My nephew Connor has autism and I've just seen how hard it is on my family and how very little we don't have promotions for awareness with it," she said. "I just wanted to do something to help her and we have a lot of children I have taught with autism as well."

Trouble is, so far, sign-up hasn't taken off like a bolt. The Interact Club is about 200-300 short of the turnout they wanted. The more runners they get to register, the more money they will raise to help kids with autism.

"It is going to support autism because they need a lot of help," said Kendall Newton, student. "It would help if a lot of people came out to run in the morning and signed up. It could be a really good event."

"I am honored that our teachers and my students have worked so hard to bring awareness to autism," added Freddy Joseph, principal.

Not feeling so energetic on Saturday morning no biggie, you don't have to run the 5K.

"We have the 5K out here at the high school and we are also offering the one-mile fun run at the middle school track," said teacher and organizer Angela Greggs.

Either way you wind up helping these students help some other students and kids, and that's worth running for.

Registration before the race is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Hernando High School, off of Mackingvale Road. Day of race entry fee is $25 per runner.

The 5K and family 1-mile fun run start at 9 a.m.

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