Participants are being sought for the fourth annual Chilly 5K Challenge, a key fundraiser for the Joplin Family YMCA.
The 3.1-mile race will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. Registration is available at the YMCA’s downtown and south locations or online at joplinfamilyy.org; the fee is $25. Race-day registration will be available from 9 to 10:30 a.m. only at the south branch, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle Drive.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s annual campaign, which maintains YMCA programs and services. Kim Gray, fund development director, said the 2013 run raised about $7,000 through sponsorships and entry fees, with 429 runners participating.
“This event allows us to raise funds to provide services such as safe, supervised child care and programs that teach good sportsmanship and the values of teamwork to children from low-income families in our community,” Gray said in a statement. “Many of our runners have grown up at the Y and are eager to participate in this 5K as a way to give back to the community while enjoying the benefits it provides in terms of healthy living.”
This year’s race features a new course that begins and ends at the south branch. Runners will head north on St. John’s Boulevard, east on West 22nd Street, south on Pearl Avenue and rejoin St. John’s Boulevard from West 26th Street.
After completing the race, which is a certified course with chip timing, runners will be invited for chili and refreshments at the south branch. Trophies will be awarded to the male and female winners; medals will be given to the first- through third-place finishers in each age category.
The race is supported by Freeman Health System, the Missouri Foundation for Health, Downstream Casino Resort and Missouri Southern State University. Additional support has been provided by Southwest Missouri Bank, The Joplin Globe, Cybex, SNC Squared, Benjamin Rosenberg, Anne Sharp, Pinnacle Bank, Empire District Electric Co. and The Run Around Running Co.
MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE are expected to participate in the Joplin Family Y’s Chilly 5K Challenge on Jan. 1, organizers said.