Could there be any more fun packed into the Klamath County Run for Kids?
If you want the distance, sign up for the half marathon. It’s only $40. If you want a unique distance (automatic PR if you’ve never done it), sign up for the quarter marathon, which is only $30. And if you want to get dirty? Then sign up for the 5k mud run/obstacle course … which in only $25! How many mud runs can you register for with only $25!? Actually, this is one mud/obstacle course that’s set up for beginners – you can go around any of the obstacles you don’t want to take on. There’s even a kid’s fun dash for the little ones.
All events start at Steens Sports Park, and have earned a reputation as a supportive atmosphere for participants. The Half Marathon includes seven aid stations with Gatorade and water and one with gummy bears and bananas. This course leaves the park to log the first 10 miles and then finishes up the final 5k in the park. The men’s course record for the half is 1:28:41, held by Troy Crowell. Janelle Ralph holds the women’s record in 1:37:33.
The Quarter Marathon includes three aid stations, two of which participants will pass by twice. The 5k course includes two Gatorade/water stops and is run completely inside the Steens Sports Park. Post-run, all participants can nosh on bagels, bananas, and other snacks.
Now in it’s fifth year, the Klamath County Run for Kids was the first half marathon in Klamath County. Last year was the first running of the Quarter Marathon and Kids Dash; 2014 is the inaugural year of the Obstacle Course/Mud Run. The event is put on by Citizens for Safe Schools with help from the Linkville Lopers. Amber Singh of the Lopers explains why they love the race. “This is the best way to support two great things … kids and fitness! Run for Kids has been a great addition to our local running calendar. Not only is it a rad run, but it’s a good cause run which makes it ever so special. I look forward to it every year!”
Here are the vitals:
When: Sunday, July 20, 2014
What time: The Kids Dash is at 8a, followed by the grown-up races. The Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, and 5k Mud Run all start at 8:15a. The course for the half marathon closes at noon.
Where: Steen Sports Park in Klamath Falls
Register: Online here for the half for $40, the quarter marathon for $30 and the 5k Mud Run for $25.
All of the funds from this race will support mentoring programs through Citizens for Safe Schools. “At-promise” (which is, really, much better descriptor than “at-risk” and I love it) youth are mentored by community volunteers matched up through the program. These students in grades 4-8, like all kids, benefit from adult support. Race organizer Kelley Minty Morris describes the program: “Mentors and mentees focus on having fun together because having fun builds trust and attachment, which is really the program goal.”
The program has gotten results and earned attention, too. Only the 2nd program in Oregon to be deemed a “Quality Based Mentoring Program,” the mentoring program run by Citizens for Safe Schools has also been researched by the Department of Education; the study finding that kids in their program are more likely to be planning for their future and less likely to commit an act of delinquency or use drugs and alcohol.” That alone is reason enough to run this event.
Every finisher in the half marathon will earn a finisher’s medal, a nice and unexpected perk for a half that is only $40. There will be awards for the top male and top female as well as the top masters (40+) male and female in each race. The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 11a.