Manatee Elementary’s Seuss-themed 5K this Saturday


Manatee Elementary's PTO will host the third annual Thinga-Ma-Jogger 5K race at 7:30 a.m. March 4. The race is timed to coincide with National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday

In the famous words of Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” 

Families that want to put that into practice will have a chance at Manatee Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization’s third annual Thinga-Ma-Jogger 5K. The public is welcome to participate and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4. The course begins and finishes at the school. 

The race coincides with National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Runners are encouraged to dress up like their favorite Seuss characters and to bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate. Last year’s event netted 6,000 books that were redistributed to local schools and libraries. 

During the first two years, the race had more than 600 runners. This year, race director and Manatee PTO president Nicky Hensley hopes for more than 700. 

In addition to donating the books locally, the proceeds from the race will go toward capital projects at the school such as installing permanent shade fixtures on outdoor play areas. Some estimates for the shade structures top $120,000, according to Hensley. 

“We encourage all fitness levels to come and enjoy the run. We have kids as young as 5, and people in their 80s out on the course having a great time,” Hensley said. 

Age group awards will be given out and a post-race celebration will take place at the school. 

Registration is available by going to There is also a Facebook event page where updates will be posted leading up to race day. 

Interested sponsors can contact Hensley at nicki. 

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