Runners, take your marks! The first annual Pentucket Pride 5K Road Race is Sunday at 10 a.m. The entire Pentucket Community is invited to run off that Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie in a challenging 3.1-mile loop through the pastoral roads of West Newbury. Registration on race day opens at 8:30 a.m. at the high school and is $25 for adults or $10 for students. Adult runners who register online or by mail before Thursday get a $5 discount off their entry fee. Proceeds from the run are targeted to replace sports banners in the Hardy Gymnasium at the high school. T-shirts go to the first 200 registered runners and there will be plenty of refreshments, fruit and soup from Boston Chowda waiting for participants when they finish — as well as free prizes and a raffle for two premium seats to the Dec. 8 Celtics game. The race is sponsored by the nonprofit Pentucket Athletic Association, an all-sports boosters group consisting of parents of student-athletes. Their goal is to raise funds to purchase or upgrade sports equipment, improve facilities and provide uniforms, supplies and scholarships for Pentucket athletes. The PAA meets in the high school cafeteria on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information about the road race, visit www.pentucketpride5k.com.
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Pentucket High School students interested in joining the newly formed Winter Color Guard Team are invited to attend an open house on Monday, Nov. 29 at 5:45 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. No experience necessary, so come try it out for an evening. From February to April, the guard will compete in the New England Band Association Circuit, performing its 3 1/2-minute dance routine to the "Glee" version of "Don't Stop Believing." With guidance from eight-time championship color guard instructor, Lennie Machado of the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps in Nashua, N.H., the team incorporates twirling and tossing of flags and other equipment into their dance routine. Anyone wishing to help purchase flags for the team can "Sponsor a Flag" by send a $25 check made out to PRHS to Anthony Beatrice, band director, Pentucket Regional High School, 24 Main St., West Newbury, MA 01985. Include the words "Winter Color Guard" on the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible. Beatrice and parent Lisa Arsenault manage the team, which practices on Mondays from 5:45 to 8 p.m.