NEW HAVEN — The 10th annual Wahama Scholarship 5K Walk/Run for Education is quickly approaching, but there is still time to take part in the event.
The race will be held Oct. 20 at the New Haven Fire Station. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with the walk/run starting at 8 a.m.
The event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year, with proceeds benefitting Wahama seniors in the spring with scholarship money. It is sponsored by the scholarship committee and the family of Dr. Wes and Amanda Lieving.
Although you can register on the day of the run, pre-registration is encouraged. Forms are available at the New Haven Town Hall, New Haven Library, City National Bank in New Haven, Mason Town Hall, Mason Library, Bob’s Market, and the high school.
Registration is $20, which includes a pancake breakfast in the fire station after the run. The first 100 people to register also receive a t-shirt.
According to Bernita Allen, one of the event organizers, there have many who have already registered for the run, but very few senior students. While most of the scholarship recipients are chosen in the spring, two scholarships comes directly from the run. One goes to the first senior to cross the finish line, and the second goes to the senior who gathers the most sponsors on the registration forms.
Prizes are given out following the run for the overall winner, as well as age division winners. A special prize will be awarded to the person wearing the best Halloween costume.
The run route will go from the fire station along Fifth Street to Layne Street. Participants will continue to the end of Layne Street and travel back to the fire station.
For more information, email Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook event page at “5K Walk/Run for Education.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.