Held to benefit the His Daily Bread Community Soup Kitchen in Coats, this event promises a bowl of soup to all finishers.
Last year, over 220 runners and walkers signed up for this event. Omar Wiggan, the defending champion, led the pack in 17:29. Kristy Smith led all the women with a 20:48 effort. Wiggans holds the event record of 16;52, which he acheived in 2016. Aliicia Rider also set the women's mark in that same year by completing the course in 20:30.
The race is run on a USAT&F-certified course starting and finishing at Coats Senior Center – the home of the Soup Kitchen. The Senior Center is located at 214 East Park Street in Coats.
Once again, the race will be the first race in the 2018 Second Empire Grand Prix.
Entrants in the 5K have a choice of entering as a competitive or recreational runner. Competitive entrants will receive an official time, receive points in the Grand Prix Series and be eligible for awards. Recreational entrants will not receive official times, but can either time themselves or see their times on the digital clock at the finish line.
The ½-Mile Kids Dash is free and will begin at 3 pm.
The entry fee for the 5K is $25 up to and including January 21. After that date, the fee is $30 up to and including race day. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, guaranteed to all those entered by January 21st. After that date, it will be “as available.”
Awards will be presented to the first three males overall, to the first three females overall and to the top three finishers in each of the following age groups: (both sexes) 12-under, 13-19, 20-24, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79 and 80-over..