By Becky Hopf
Special to The Tuscaloosa News
The first leg of the Freaky Friday 8K took place in Iraq.
That"�s where Mike Higgins, a now-retired National Guard staff sergeant, was deployed when he ran in his first Halloween-themed road race.
"�When I went over to Iraq in 2006, they had a Freaky Friday event. It was a fun event, so I thought I"�d bring one back to Tuscaloosa,"� said Higgins, co-race director along with David Steward. The 2012 Freaky Friday 8K State Championship will be held Oct. 26 and, like the previous three, will take place at night (9 p.m.) with runners decked out in Halloween costumes. Dressing up is optional for the race, which is meant to be serious fun. This year, the Alabama chapter of the Road Runners Club of America has chosen it as a state championship event.
"�This is the first time the RRCA has held a night-time state championship in Alabama,' Higgins said. "�That means runners from all over Alabama can come and break state records in their age groups, whether they be 1 or 99.'
Hosted by the Tuscaloosa Track Club, the race is held annually on the Friday closest to Halloween. It"�s for kids and adults and is a leg of the TTC"�s Grand Prix. Cost is $20 for TTC members and $25 for nonmembers. Registration information is online at www.tuscaloosatrackclub.com. Proceeds will benefit the Alabama State Troopers Association.
Higgins"� first Freaky Friday was run in a desert. This local version of Freaky Friday has also taken place in unusual locales. The TTC took the first race to Halloween heights, holding it at a cemetery.
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