Downtown Rocks and Runs adds 10K in Tenth Year

Andy Winemiller | The News 

For the 10th year, a running event will kick off the United Fund of Surry’s annual fundraising efforts.

On Saturday, the United Fund will host the 10th-Annual Downtown Rocks and Runs. In the past, the race has raised as much as $17,000 toward the United Fund’s fundraising campaign.

According to Merry Craig Boaz, the organization’s executive director, Rocks and Runs will celebrate its decade-long tradition by adding a 10k running event.

In the past only a 5k has been held.

Boaz said as of Monday afternoon about 150 runners from as far away as Ohio, Indiana and California had registered to run in one of the event’s two races. In 2016, the run drew 237 participants, and the United Fund is on pace to play host to more runners in 2017.

“Race registration is ahead of where it was at this time last year,” explained Boaz.

Boaz said she hopes many local residents will take advantage of the race and sign up this week or on race day.

Of course, there is also a “Rocks” portion of the event, and Boaz said something new is in store in that realm too.

In the past, Old North State Winery has played host to bands. Those who ran in the race also gained entry to the concert. However, this year, race participants will receive a discount on a ticket to Reevestock, a musical festival which will be held on Saturday in Elkin.

Boaz said the move is a great way to involve Elkin in the annual kick-off to the United Fund’s fundraising efforts.

Reevestock begins in 3 p.m. on Saturday, and the day’s lineup includes a half-dozen groups.

Registration fees are $30 for the 5k competition and $40 for the 10k. There are also team challenges. Those looking to register for the event may do so at the event website, downtownrocksandruns.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=1858, or on Saturday morning.

Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The 10k race begins at 7:45 a.m., and the 5k will kick off at 8 a.m. A kid’s fun-run is scheduled for 8:45 a.m., and awards will be handed out at 9 a.m.

Prizes such as bags and socks will go to top teams and runners. The top runners in each race will also receive cash prizes.

The race will begin and end on Main Street near the Post Office and Mount Airy City Hall. B-Dazzle Productions will be providing entertainment for participants and spectators.

Boaz said the United Fund provides funding to 26 member agencies ranging from local rescue squads to food banks. Many of those organizations will be on hand providing support for the event.

She noted Rocks and Runs is only the beginning of a long campaign to raise funds for those agencies. In the past two years, the United Fund has achieved its fundraising goal of $450,000, but this year the bar has been set at $475,000.