Runners to help raise money for dental care

The 13th annual Tooth Trot 5K will be held Saturday at the Wickham Park main pavilion at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for ages 15 and up and $20 for ages 8 to 14. Runners 7 and under are free.

Each participant will receive a goody bag including pens, lip balm, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The top three runners in the male division, the female division and the various age group division will all receive trophies.  All of the proceeds will benefit the Brevard County Give Kids a Smile Project which helps underprivileged children receive dental care.

“The dental work we provide for Give Kids a Smile is provided free of charge from our member dentists to those children who usually fall through the cracks in the system,” Tooth Trot Race Director Jerilyn Bird said.  “They cannot qualify for Medicaid, and cannot afford regular dental care.”

Last year, the Tooth Trot raised about $2,000  for the Give Kids a Smile Project, and had almost 400 hundred participants.

“This year, we expect to have even greater results and a considerably larger amount of runners,” Bird said.

By Samantha Martin