NEW HAVEN — The seventh annual Wahama 5K Walk/Run for Education will be Oct. 31 in New Haven, with a bit of a spooky twist this year.
Because the event is slated for Halloween, participants are urged to wear costumes. A special prize will be given for the best costume, according to Bernita Allen, one of the run organizers.
The event was founded by Dr. Wes and Amanda Lieving, with proceeds being used for scholarships for Wahama seniors. Allen said the run generates about $6,000 each year, which supplements the approximately $40,000 given in scholarships by businesses and organizations.
The run will start promptly at 8 a.m. at the New Haven Fire Station. Participants will walk or run along Rt. 62 to Layne Street, continue along Layne to the horse stables, and return to the fire station.
The registration fee is $20, and although people can register the day of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m., pre-registration is encouraged. The first 100 to register will receive a free T-shirt. Allen said some people register, but never intend to walk or run. They consider it a donation to the scholarship program.
She added registration forms can be obtained at the New Haven and Mason libraries, City National Bank in Mason and New Haven, New Haven City Building, This ‘n That Café, Country Corner Café, and Foxy Locks salon. Checks should be made payable to the WHS Scholarship 5K.
Several prizes will be awarded at the event, including one to the overall winner, as well as prizes in different age divisions. Two senior students will be guaranteed scholarships from the run. The first senior to cross the finish line will receive one, and the senior who encourages the most people to register for the race will receive the other. Each registration form includes a line in which to place a senior’s name. The winner will be determined by the senior whose name appears the most.
Following the run, all participants and sponsors are invited to attend a free pancake breakfast inside the fire station. Sponsors are still being sought for a $100 fee, which includes their name on the back of the run t-shirt.
For more information, e-mail Amanda Lieving at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the run at “Wahama Scholarship 5K Walk/Run for Education.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.