As serious runners and family exercisers registered for Saturday’s 5K and 1-Mile “Run the Trails” event of Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, organizers announced record sponsorships and extra added attractions. The newest promise of excitement in Myrtle Village on Nov. 23 is a large interactive display by Traxxas, the manufacturer of radio-controlled hobby models. The manufacturer has new headquarters in McKinney.

A key feature at the annual fun run is the party atmosphere in “Myrtle Village.” Entertainment includes music, a petting zoo, face painter and obstacle course, plus this year, 1/8-scale drag racing, courtesy of Traxxas. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller, an avid runner, will be on hand to inspire runners. The action will include fun warm-up exercises, plus Chicken Dances and other dancing in the street afterwards.

As always, area schools will compete for trophies based on participant turnout. Students from winning schools will see their principals or athletic directors kiss Myrtle the Pig. Medals will be awarded for fastest times in multiple age divisions, from young to old.

Participants can still register online at Race Day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in front of Cooper Fitness Center in Craig Ranch, 7910 Collin McKinney Pkwy. in McKinney. The first race leaves the gate at 8:30 a.m. The race is directed and timed by Racing Systems through Run-On! of McKinney.

More than 35 community businesses and organizations are sponsors for the event: McKinney Community Development Corporation, Progressive Waste Solutions, McKinney Smiles, The Body Shop, Phil D. Wheat – CFP, Medical Center of McKinney, Haynes Landscaping, Irrigators Supply, McKinney Baylor Hospital, Vasquez Taekwondo, Methodist McKinney Hospital, Bank of Texas, First United Bank, Loughmiller Higgins Law Firm, Pierce Insurance Group, CertaPro Painters, F8

Studio, Carolyn Skei, Arborilogical Services, Dave Omholt – The Entrepreneur Authority, Tate Financial, Shades of Green Nursery, Ag Power - McKinney, Neil Sperry's GARDENS Magazine, LegacyTexas Bank – McKinney, PRO Marketing Links, GoGo Squeeze, Calloway’s Nursery, Covington Nursery, North Haven Gardens, Branded Floors, Pat Lobb Toyota, Melanie Hedrick Realtor, Allegiance Title Company, Stonebridge Animal Hospital, Encore Wire, Your New Neighborhood and Traxxas.

Find information at or contact Phil Wheat at