Archive for Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Horsethief 5K run moved to downtown

June 30, 2009

The annual Eudora Horsethief and Fun Run is usually on the school’s cross country course, but not so this year.

The July 11 races, which start at 7:30 a.m., will begin in downtown Eudora at 10th and Main. Eudora cross country coach Paul Boone said the event was moved downtown in effort to help local business.

“Our mission has always been to support our businesses,” Boone said. “And we’ve really appreciated the sponsors that have helped us. And we want to try to draw as much attention to them as we can, too, and to give the community a goal to kind of shoot for to establish a fitness goal for people in the community and to help our team out.”

Money raised from the event will go to the Eudora High cross country team to help with various expenses for the upcoming season. Boone said that there were more than 30 Eudora faculty and staff already signed up for the race. In addition, Boone said that there were about 130 people registered for the event, which is about double compared to last year at this time. Boone said one reason for the increase in registration could be that the races are on pavement.

“I think some of it is the fact that it is a road race and not everybody’s comfortable running on cross country,” Boone said. “ If you don’t train on grass sometimes it’s difficult to make that transition. But I think the uniqueness of the race, and we have a lot of loyal participants in our race that make this an annual event. And we want it to be a family event.”

Two-Much-Fun will play music and there will be a post-race food fest. Parking will be available at the Community Learning Center. Various awards will be given to 10-year age groups in the 5K race as well as first-place runners.

Those interested in running still have time to register at www.active.com and on race day from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. Late and race day entry fees are $25. Boone said he wouldn’t be surprised if 300 people or more turned out for the event.

“We want people to see Eudora in the light that we see it,” Boone said. “We’re excited about the downtown renovations, and I know our businesses have suffered through that just having the loss of traffic down there, and we want to get more people back down and see what a neat place it is.”

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