Meghan McCarthy will headline the eighth annual Run to Read on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event, organized by The Missourian and the YMCA, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Washington Public Library.

The 5K run, one-mile book walk and Baby Buzz Dash offer a beautiful fall morning of fitness followed by a presentation by the four-time Book Buzz author.

McCarthy’s latest book, “The Incredible Life of Balto” is a September Book Buzz Pick and tells the story of what happened to the famous dog hero and his team after they delivered a lifesaving serum to Nome, Alaska, in 1925.

Other past Book Buzz Picks by McCarthy include: “Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum,” “Strong Man, the Story of Charles Atlas” and “Steal Back the Mona Lisa.”

Hundreds of hardback books released in the past year will go home with participants, who each choose a title from the selection of child, teen and adult books.

Registration is just $10 and everyone who signs up by Sept. 29 also will receive a free T-shirt. All ages may upgrade to Dri-Fit shirts this year for $10.

The 5K run will wind through Downtown Washington while the one-mile walk will take participants around city blocks reading McCarthy’s book at each turn.

A Dash for the smallest readers, through age 6, will take place at 8:45 a.m. All Baby Buzz Dashers and youth finishing the 5K Run will receive medals.

Overall awards will be given to the top youth and adult males and females. Medals will be given to the top three places in all age categories.

Registration forms are available at on the Newspaper In Education page, at the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA, or online at

Everyone is invited to meet Meghan McCarthy at 9 a.m. in the library’s meeting room. No registration is required to attend the author presentation. (Librarians, bring your past McCarthy-penned Book Buzz Picks and have them signed!)

For more information, contact Dawn Kitchell at or they YMCA at (636) 239-5704.

Run to Read benefits area youth literacy programs and this year is sponsored by MSTA and NuStar Energy along with Bank of Washington, Bank of Franklin County, Don Wildt, Imo’s, Sporlan/Parker Hannifin, Wells Fargo Advisors and American Family Insurance agents Tom Holdmeier, Rob Vossbrink and Casey Zastrow.