Halcottsville — Organizers are gearing up for the fifth annual Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 25 starting at 9 a.m. in Halcottsville.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Halcottsville Fire Department’s Wawaka Hose Company Restoration Project.
Everyone signing up for the race by July 31 will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Pre-registration is $25 for adults and $15 for runners/walkers ages 12 and under. Race day registration is $30 for adults and $20 for participants ages 12 and under. Those signing up as part of a school team receive a $5 per person discount.
How to register
Anyone interested in participating in this year’s event is welcome to sign up online at: raceroster.com and search for Wawaka Lake 5K.
Interested parties can also receive a registration form by contacting Kathy Johnson at 845.586.2605 or e-mailing: email@example.com.
Anyone interested in becoming a race sponsor is also welcome to contact Kathy or any member of the Halcottsville Fire Department for details.
Kathy is one of the race founders. She explained that the Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk was established as a fund-raiser for a group of local girls who were going to participate in the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer in New York City.
Building on success
“We were very successful with our first race and decided to make it an annual event,” Kathy recalled.
During the second year of the race, proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The following year, funds went to another group of local girls who were taking part in the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer. Last year, monies from the race were provided to the Halcottsville Fire Department’s Wawaka Hose Company Restoration Project and that project is earmarked to receive proceeds from this year’s race.
Kathy said the event has continued to grow in popularity and that other attractions have been added to the festivities.
“Last year, the Halcottsville Fire Department added a freewill donation pancake breakfast and it was a big hit and we’ll be doing that again this year,” she noted.
Kids’ Dash added
New this year will be a Kids’ Dash. The entry fee for this short fun run is $10.
The Roxbury Central School girls’ soccer team has entered the race the last three years and the organizers are hoping to have more teams sign up.
A key feature of the Wawaka Lake 5K Run/Walk is the setting itself. Runners/walkers set off from the starting line near Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm and then move at their preferred pace around beautiful Lake Wawaka. Bald eagles, blue herons and other wildlife are often part of the backdrop.