Team Caroline and Mia Tutu Trot

13227062_941921769258824_5202146942423836014_nBhavya Bhushan ’16
EE Senior Sports Editor

On June 5th, the Team Caroline and Mia Tutu Trot will take place on the fields behind Trumbull High School. The 1.7 mile relay race is dedicated to two young girls at Jane Ryan Elementary School who are fighting cancer. One of the girls, Mia, is the daughter of Mr. James McCaffrey.

The race has two goals. The first is to show the girls that the community they live in can rally behind them and bring love, joy, and light into the daily struggles of fighting cancer. The second is to provide monetary support for both families as they each continue their treatment and daily lives.

This event is different from others held in this town. The race is run in teams of three. Each person runs about half a mile wearing a tutu, then hands off the tutu to the next leg of the race. The winners of the race will win golden tutus. Over 100 teams have signed up for this incredible cause.

Games, food, and a raffle will also take place at the race. Pre Registration has closed but race day registration will be available starting at 3pm. The race begins at 4:30 and the post race barbecue and festivities will begin at 4:45. The first 300 teams will get complimentary rainbow tutus.

Members of Mr. McCaffrey’s track team, Sydney Adams, Gabriela Misiewicz, Haley Mocker, Kathleen Kaufmann, and Bhavya Bhushan, worked hard with Mr. McCaffrey and Mr. Marty Schaivone to organize the event. Mr. McCaffrey said, “I am very proud to coach girls like these. They remind me of my obligation as their coach to create a team that is about more than competition. The way they have supported me and my family proves that THS Girls Outdoor Track is that kind of team.”

Kaufmann said, “The five of us knew as soon as we heard about Mia’s diagnosis that we had to do something for our coach and his family. We came up with the idea of a run relatively quickly after we heard the news about Mia. Naturally, that idea seemed fitting because our coach is so passionate about running. I’m hoping that this event will be a big hit this year and continue to build as time goes on.”

 

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