Grady Park briefly turned into a scene from Michael Jackson's Thriller album during the Saukville Chamber's annual run, which the organization held in October for the first time this year.
The third Saukville Scare 5K Run/Walk drew 202 participants and ultimately raised $11,200. The proceeds will go toward the Saukville Elementary Breakfast Program and the Saukville Chamber of Commerce.
There were some unusual scenes on display as participants dressed in Halloween costumes — and their pets were no exception. A variety of Halloween costumes showed up, from witches to zombies as well as a group of about 10 people dressed up as zombies from Michael Jackson's Thriller music video. As they went through the race, the group would stop every so often to perform Jackson’s signature dance from the video.
Rob Haswell, the race director for all participants involved, joined the festivities by dressing up in an orange prison jump suit. Haswell was asked to emcee the event by a friend who works for the Saukville Chamber of Commerce. This was his first time with this event, and he said he would love to come back next year.
"The people of the Saukville area are wonderful," Haswell said. "Always very welcoming and friendly."
Haswell wanted to recognize all the volunteers and the businesses that sponsored the event.
"I'd just like to say thanks to all those who came out and gave their time to the event and a big thanks to the businesses large and small who donated in this tough time to give a good cause a boost," Haswell said.
"Our sponsors, committee, volunteers, law enforcement, EMS, Dept of Public Works are really the construction crew and the runners/walkers are the center stage on game day," event organizer Sue Miller said, adding that Commerce State Bank, Kohler Credit Union and Port Washington State Bank were among the sponsors.
Miller went on to talk about the challenges and expectations she had for the run/walk. However, the ultimate goal for the event was to have fun for the whole family while supporting a good cause.
"Our goal is to make it an wonderful experience for everyone involved at the event," said Miller.