GRAND BLANC — At 15, Morgan Breneiser is taking on the challenge of organizing a large community event — a 5K and 2K run/walk to benefit the Grand Blanc Township Police Department’s K-9 program.
Dogs and their owners are invited to participate in the run, slated for Oct. 14, in the Grand Blanc Bicentennial Park.
“My dad had a heart attack a few years ago,” said Breneiser. “Since then he has run in marathons, biathalons and triathalons.”
He stated the family has always been active and pursued physical fitness, but his father’s health issues served as impetus for the family to do more.
Breneiser, a member of Boy Scout Troop 106 which meets at Kirkridge Presbyterian Church, is a student at Grand Blanc High School and has been in scouting for about five years.
“I always thought it would be a good experience to organize a race, not just run in one,” he said.
Breneiser’s scout master, Don Fee, said he thinks the project was definitely unique.
“This … is a different approach,” he said. “Most guys make something, I think it is unique.”
Fee said it is also ambitious, given the short deadline for organizing. Although Breneiser does have some sponsors, he definitely is in the market for more, and would love to have the Grand Blanc healthcare community get behind his project. One of the sponsors is “Road ID”, an organization which creates portable ID products for runners and other personnel who might be hurt in a situation where they normally wouldnt have their ID on them.
Breneiser said participants will have the option of doing the 5K (3.1 mile) or 2K (1.2 mile) run or walk. He has done research and hopes also to use the run to promote a healthy lifestyle and educate people about the effects of childhood obesity.
He also said since his father’s health issues, he exercises a lot and has participated in many events with him.
“My grandfather, (who) is in his late 60s, still runs, bikes and swims regularly,” said Breneiser.
As an Eagle Scout project, Breneiser has gone through multiple layers of approval in the scout organization to create the “Grand Blanc K-9 Pursuit” race.
Besides gathering sponsors, he will need 30-60 volunteers and speak with possibly hundreds of people to insure it is successful. Details:Visit www.facebook.com/K9pursuit.