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Storybook Characters to Race in Bancroft 5K

Runners will be dressed as their favorite storybook characters.

The Bancroft Parent Teacher Organization is holding their first annual fairy tale 5k race this Saturday called "Book It to the Finish." The fundrasier will also include a roughly one-mile kids race as well.

This race is different in that kids, as well as all participants, will be dressing up like their favorite storybook characters while they run.

The kids race begins at 8 a.m. at the Bancroft Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 15, and the 5k race starts at 8:30 a.m. All race participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook character.

Anyone can register at active.com (search "Book it to the Finish"). For updates on the race and sponsors check the Bancroft PTO website: Bancroftpto.org.

The PTO has brought in volunteers from Merrimack Track Team as well as countless Bancroft parents and teachers. The fundraiser will support PTO events at the Bancroft School.

Sponsors for the race include , Skanska, Uni-Weld, AceHomedics, Lawrence General Hospital, , Town and Country Storage, Inc.,  and . Prizes for the race are being donated by the , Mizuno, New Balance and Halloween Express. The best costume wins a 6-foot inflatable black cat from Halloween Express.

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