United Fund 5K/10K set for Aug. 3

By Cory Smith - csmith@mtairynews.com

United Fund of Surry is kicking off its fundraising campaign in style with the 12th-Annual Downtown Rocks and Runs event on Aug. 3.

For more than 60 years, United Fund has used fundraisers, donations, corporate gifts, grants and events such as the upcoming races to provide service to people in this area. The money raised stays in the county and is distributed to 26 member agencies such as the local Salvation Army, American Red Cross and five area rescue squads.

The three upcoming Downtown Rocks races will take place throughout the downtown, with options for a 5K, 10K or Kid’s Fun Run.

Merry Craig Boaz, United Fund executive director, said this year’s campaign goal is $450,000. With the event being the kickoff, Boaz said this is a great way to bring together member agencies (they work the volunteer spots along the course), corporate sponsors and the community.

The cost of registration is $30 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K, with the Fun Run free for kids 12 and under. Children can add a T-shirt for $10. According to the Downtown Rocks and Runs website (downtownrocksandruns.itsyourrace.com) the first 200 registered runners will receive “an awesome event T-shirt and the best goodie bag around!”

The website also describes in detail the method of keeping track of times: “The 5K and 10K races will have a ‘gun start’ and chip timed finish. This means that all participants will have the same start time, and the finish time will be recorded as each runner crosses the finish line by reading the chip on the back of your numbered bib.

“The 5K race has a wide start line which enables all runners to get across the start line in a matter of seconds after the starting gun sounds. Timing services will be provided by Go! Sports Timing and Events. The Fun Run will have a clock at the finish line, but individual times are not recorded for this event.”

The top runners in the 5K and 10K events are eligible for individual or team awards:

Overall Top Male and Female in the 5K and 10K win $250.

5K and 10K Individual Awards: Overall first, second and third place Male/Female and Top 3 Male/Female Age Divisions: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+; based on gun time. The overall top male and female racers in the 5K and 10K will win $250, sponsored by Advanced Electronic Services.

Corporate Participation Challenge: Show your company’s pride and commitment to health and fitness. The organization with the highest number of Downtown Rocks and Runs 5K run/walk participants will receive a Corporate Participation Challenge trophy. Please create or choose your company team when registering to be included in the participation challenge. Teams from Surry Insurance, Alliance Insurance, Altec, Surrey Bank & Trust and Mountain Valley Hospice have already registered.

5K Team Fitness Challenge Award: Run with your team (minimum of five runners – max of 10). Awards will be given for fastest team finish based on the average time of the top five team members. The members of our team fitness challenge will win a $25 gift card to Traxx and a free month’s membership to Reeves Community Center. Team members also qualify for individual awards. Choose the 5K Team Fitness Challenge registration option when registering.

Fun Run (Kids 12 and under): Fun Runners will receive will receive a medal and a race bag donated by Rainbow Child Center.

Walkers and strollers are also welcome in the 5K.

Early packet pickup will take place from noon – 6:00 p.m. at Reeves Community Center. Race day registration and packet pickup will be held 6:30-7:30 a.m. in front of the Mount Airy Municipal Building at 300 S. Main St.

The 10K is set to begin at 7:45 a.m., with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. near the U.S. Post Office parking lot on Cherry Street. The Kids Fun Run will start in front of the Municipal Building at 8:45 a.m.

Race awards will be presented at 9 a.m. in front of the Municipal Building.

Updates on the races will be posted on the event’s Facebook page @DowntownRocksandRuns.