Registration is open for the Oblong Children's Christian Home's Race for the Kids Duathlon and 5K.
The sixth annual event, has drawn as many as 100 participants in previous years, is 8 a.m. May 4 at Hutsonville. The event will include two components: a duathlon (2-mile run, 20-mile bike ride and concluding 2-mile run) AND a 5K run/walk for less ambitious competitors. The event is designed to raise awareness of the ministry in Oblong and help with operational expenses.
Interested athletes may register online now by visiting www.oblongchristianhome.org or by calling the home at 592-3633. Early registration is $25 per individual or $50 per team and continues until April 15. After this date, registration fees increase to $30 per individual and $60 per team. Team competition in the duathlon will involve one biker and one runner. Registration forms must be submitted together; biker/runner must be indicated on the form.
The course includes a flat, out-and-back run (2 miles), a bike ride to Palestine and back to Hutsonville (flat to gently rolling hills) and a concluding foot race (2 miles out and back). Athletes will receive complimentary refreshments after the race. All participants registered before April 15 will also receive a commemorative t-shirt and goodie bag.
"Each year our race reaches participants just a little further away. We have been pleased to welcome folks from Chicago, Indianapolis, and the St. Louis area in prior races," race coordinator and promotions director Amy Kemp said. "Calls and e-mails into the office have already begun. Some are asking about places to stay in the area and other attractions; so, we are thankful for the opportunity to point them to local businesses and area establishments. Being a part of the community is important to us."
On-site registration and packet pick-up will be available beginning at 6:45 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in six age categories (20 and under, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61 and over). In addition, overall top finishers (male and female 5K participants, male and female duathlon participants and winning duathlon team competitors) will be recognized.
All proceeds for each of these events go to the Oblong Children's Christian Home. The home, founded in 1969, is a non-profit home that houses at-risk, troubled, and neglected children.