2018-04-12 / Sports

Optimist Club sets date for 5K, opens Fun Run to adults, kids

The seventh annual Washington Optimist Club 5K on April 21 will have a new enhancement for those who wish to participate. Last year the Kids Fun Run was added but this year, anyone can participate in the Fun Run and 5K entrants can run it as a free warm-up for the main event. It will use the same starting line as the 5K and lap The Square.

“We are very excited about our new changes this year and we’ve lowered the price of the Fun Run to just $5,” organizer Heather Baston said. “We’ve been brainstorming for over three years on ways to increase youth involvement at our race. After all, the whole purpose of the Optimist Club is to help the youth in our community with a focus on keeping kids active.”

The whole event benefits local youth programs including scholarships to graduating seniors and continues in the Optimist Club’s commitment to “bring out the best in kids.”

The Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. behind the Wilkes County courthouse. The 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the same starting line and run through Washington on a relatively flat course with a few rolling hills.

The Square will be closed to all traffic during the Fun Run for the safety of all runners.

Awards will be presented for men and women for overall winners, masters, and the top three finishers in age groups 10-and-under through 75-and-over.

Runners will get cotton shirts while supplies lasts. Fun Run registration is $5 through race day.

Race day registration and packet pickup will be held from 7-8 a.m. on April 21 and online registration is also available at www.active.com.

For more information contact Heather Baston at heatherbaston. hb@gmail.com or Carole Black at classicraceservices@gmail.com or Benji Edwards at edwins@nu-z.net.

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