The AT&T Kentucky Pioneer Volunteers challenges area runners and walkers to step out to help The Saint Nick Fund at the 31st annual Pioneer 5K Run/Walk. The USATF certified and sanctioned race runs through Seneca and Cherokee Parks on August 30, starting at 8:00 a.m. rain or shine at the Seneca Park Park softball fields. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 after August 27.
Applications are available at local running stores and online at www.rivercityraces.com, or at the registration tables the day of the race. Late registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:45 a.m.
Walkers and runners of all ages are welcome, and we encourage families to run or walk together. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners; the male and female master and grandmaster; the top 3 in each age group; 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29,
30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over and wheelchair. Through the years this race has become well known for the great door prizes including sports memorabilia, dinner certificates, hotel certificates and many others. This year we have two Grand Prizes worth $500 each. You must be present to win.
According to race director, Melinda Miller, the annual Labor Day Weekend fundraiser has attracted participants from every level. "It's a great event where the whole family can come out, get a little exercise, and help needy children experience the joys of Christmas in memory of our friend, and long time volunteer, Diana Okon. We are very proud to have donated over
$155,000 to local charities through the past 31 years, and hope to continue this event for another 30 years."
The St. Nick Fund's mission is to bring back the spirit of Christmas to those in our neighborhoods who have lost it. It is a 100% volunteer-run organization that has helped over 1500 local children and families.