July 26, 2007

5K and 1.5 Mile Walk, Run to be Held In Memphis

Calling the young and old! If you are already active or wish you were more so, this is for you. A committee is planning a new event to be held in conjunction with the Scotland County Antique Fair Days. A 5K (3.1 miles) and 1.5 mile walk and run will take place on Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 am. Registration begins at 7:15 am.

The event will begin and end in front of City Hall and will include water stops en route and snacks and water at the finish, compliments of Pepsi-Cola Bottling and Jís Foods. The 5K route will head north from the square on Main Street to Sigler Avenue and loop around Memphis. The 1.5 mile walk will use the same route but turn around at the Scotland County Care Center and return south on Main Street to the square.

All registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, available in youth and adult sizes. The early registration fee for the event is $9 prior to August 12. Registration after August 12 and on the day of the event will be $12. To encourage families to participate, there is a family price of $27 (early bird) and $32 (after August 12) which would register all participating members of a household.

You could go home with more than a t-shirt and fun memories. All registered participants will be entered in a drawing for some quality prizes, courtesy of the Scotland County Health Department through a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Lucky winners of the drawing will win a variety of prizes, including two DVD player/recorders, a new HD flat-screen TV, a $50 cash prize donated by Dr. Robert and Susan Schneider, and more. You must be present to win prizes from the drawing.

There will also be prizes awarded to the oldest participant, youngest participant, household with the most participants, and male and female winners of the 5K. There will not be an official timing system at the race.

A variety of community organizations have been enlisted to help with the event, including W.E.A.L.T.H. (We Encourage A Lifestyle Thatís Healthy), Scotland County Health Department, Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Scotland County EMS, National Honor Society, Scotland County Care Center, and others. The committee is grateful for the help of these and other groups, as an event such as this requires many volunteers. Also greatly appreciated are the businesses, advertised on the back of the t-shirt, who have agreed to donate items for the event.

Registration forms can be picked up at the following locations: Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Scotland County Health Department, Memphis Medical Services, Dr. Davisís office, Scotland County Fitness Center, Pamida, Jís Foods, and Pepsi-Cola Bottling.

Come out before the Antique Fair parade for an enjoyable walk or run around our scenic town. For more information about the event or if you or your organization would like to help in some way, contact Trinity Davis at 660-465-7587.

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