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FISD Puts "Fun" in Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square
October 20, 2011
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Hamlin Jones accepts trophy in his clown wig

FISD teacher Hamlin Jones, wearing his clown wig, accepts trophy at last year's Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square. Costumes have become a tradition at the run.

Two runners dressed as gorillas accept their awards at Gary Burns

Theserunners dressed in gorilla suits happily accept their trophies at the 2010 Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square.


The Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square is a race for serious runners, but it is also a great time for those who love to dress up and be silly.

Hamlin Jones, special education teacher at the Early Childhood School and serious runner, did his first Gary Burns run in a clown costume – complete with suspenders, big pants and a bag of candy. “Yes, I had candy in it and I think I scared some children when I tossed it to them as I was running,” he said. This year’s costume will be something completely different, Jones says but he says he is keeping it a secret until race day.

The fun run is always run on the Saturday nearest Halloween and dressing up has become a Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square tradition. Some runners dress up as bananas, gorillas, monsters, Pac man, or clowns. Runners have also chosen to wear feather boas and tiaras with their running shoes.

Jones says he is always inspired by the many FISD employees who come out to the race. He doesn’t accept the excuse “I’m not a runner,” as a reason for not attending the annual event. “Runners need all the support they can get, so come out and cheer. Fun runs are a fantastic way to help communities begin to understand the importance of fitness and physical education, as a w hole,” he said. Supporters of the Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square can take pride in the fact they are raising funds for college scholarships for qualifying FISD students.

Ashley Elementary is very pumped up about the fun run this year. Ashley supports a Saturday morning running team that meets at Ashley Elementary at 6:30 am. Fifth grade teacher Chris Kilburn has “thrown down the gauntlet” to the school’s staff, parents, and students, according to Principal Kathy Kazanski.

Kilburn has a team of Ashley employees training for a half marathon. He is challenging the entire school – fellow teachers and staff, parents, and students. “The 5-K can be a bit much for our students, but we have some who are going to try.”

The prizes for those who beat Kilburn’s time could keep him very busy if a large number of people beat him. Students are being offered an extra “specials” time; parents will be offered the chance to eat lunch with Kilburn; and he has offered to fill in (or find a substitute) at a recess or lunch duty time for his fellow teachers who manage to beat his challenge.

“I want to get as many Ashley people involved in the Fun Run as I can,” Kilburn said.

The Gary Burns Fun Run at Frisco Square is scheduled for October 29. Go to and register in advance. Participants and spectators need to go the for parking information, road closure information, drop off information and packet pick up information. Roads will begin closing at 7am.

The Fun Run/Walk begins at 8 am. and the official 5K begins at 8:30 am. FEF Director Allison Miller reminds runners in both races to pay attention to line up. “We ask that all walkers and non-serious runners in both events line up toward the back of the starting line and the serious runners line up at the front. We are looking at approximately 5,000 people in attendance this year and it is not a good or fun experience for anyone if the serious runners are behind the fun run/walkers/joggers. The 5K is a certified race so there are serious runners participating and it is just good race etiquette to allow them at the front of the line. We also ask that runners do not stop in the middle of the course. Everyone not running will need to move to the right so runners can come through on the left. If our runners and walkers use their manners, everyone will have a good time,” she said.