|Getting to Know... the Canal Days 5K Run, Fun Run Chair|
|Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:45 AM|
DELPHOS — On Sunday of Canal Days, all running enthusiasts are invited to take part in the 12th annual 5K Run, which will begin at 10 a.m. in front of WDOH. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Second and Main streets. A 2K Fun Run — which does not require registration — will also start from the same location at 9:15 a.m.
Canal Days 5 K Run Chair Michelle Schafer has been helping with Canal Days for the past 10 years after serving as a member of the Chamber Board.
“I have been the 5K Race Director since 2008,” Schafer stated.
She said preparation for the race begins with sending out registration forms to past participants, ordering shirts and mugs, organizing post-race refreshments and recruiting volunteers.
“I have a lot of people who help each year,” she explained. “Northwest Physical Therapy handles race day registration and Jim Knebel helps with traffic control along with local law enforcement.”
Schafer said participants who pre-register by Sept. 7 will receive a Canal Days T-shirt. The entry fee is $20 with a shirt, $15 with no shirt and $20 the day of the race.
“The registration form is available online,” she said. “I have been in contact with sponsors and I already have the mugs in my office.”
This year’s route is the same as last year and begins by heading west on Second Street, north on State Street, to North Street, with a turnaround and then back again the same way.
Each year the number of runners fluctuate and in general, there are normally around 150 people who participate.
Schafer said the winners of the race receive cash prizes and mugs for the top three men and women. The top three participants in each age group; 14 & under; 15-19; 20-25; 26-30; 31-35; 36-40; 41-45; 46-50; 51-55; 56 – 60; and 61 & older will receive a mug.
“I like being able to give back to the community where I was born and raised,” Schafer explained. “I have formed great relationship with the people that I have worked with on Canal Days along the way
For more information or to download a registration form visit www.delphoschamber.com/canaldays/activities/.