Paden City 5K Run And Walk Planned
Plans are well underway for the ninth running of the Paden City Foundation 5K Run and Walk, and it will held on a different weekend than the previous races. This year, the race, which is normally the first Saturday of June will be moved to Saturday, June 8. Last year, the race was held the same day at the high school graduation at Paden City High School. The school’s commencement ceremonies are scheduled for June 1, so the race will move to the next weekend to allow for more runners and walkers to participate and also take part in the celebration at the high school on June 1. The pistol start for the race will be at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park (Corner of Main Street and 3rd Avenue) in Paden City.
This year also marks the inclusion of two new charities that will benefit from the race proceeds. In addition to the Paden City Museum, some of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society for Colon/Rectal cancer research and awareness and also to Autism spectrum disorder research to advance the awareness, treatment and support of children with autism and their families.
Race director Rodney McWilliams noted, “We are happy to add these two charities to the list of those the race has benefitted over the years. As we all know, cancer has touched the lives of so many and I wanted to target colon/rectal cancer awareness and research for specific reasons. We will donate to either Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families or one of our local organizations such as Easter Seals that provided support. Autism continues to be a difficult condition to understand and children and families that are affected by it need support on a daily basis.”
In addition to the standard Open Division Overall divisions which encompasses all runners and walkers regardless of age, there will be a Masters Division for those over 40 years old and a Grand Masters Division for participants over 50 years of age. McWilliams noted, “We will continue to award the Overall champion, runner-up and third-place finisher in each of the run and walk categories for both male and female. This gives runners and walkers another opportunity to win an overall award. We will still be awarding the age division awards in all age groups as we have for the past eight years.”
The race is a traditional 5K (3.1 mile) course and participants can sign up to either run or walk the route. The route encompasses some of the city’s streets and the walking trail in William E. Ford Park.
It is 90 percent flat and 100 percent paved. Overall awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the run category and the walk category. Additionally, medals will be presented to the top three finishers in various age divisions for both male and female in both run and walk categories. Plans call for all registered participants to receive the official Foundation 5K race shirt. Entry for the race is only $15. The price is good until May 31. After May 31, the entry fee raises to $20. Early registration is strongly encouraged.
Back for a fourth year to provide official timing for the race is Appalachian Timing Group.
“Rick Campbell did an excellent job last year providing timing services including finish line picture of each finisher along with video of the finish line and music throughout the race. We had the final race results within 10 minutes of the last finisher and all the results were post on his website within a couple of hours. We couldn’t be happier with his work,” McWilliams noted.
“We try to provide the most professional and fun racing atmosphere in the area so experience race runners and walkers, along with recreational runners and walkers and first-timers really enjoy their time at our race and have a reason to get excited about undertaking a great healthy activity.” Volunteers will man the course and secure the route for the runners and walkers. Local citizens are encouraged to avoid North Second and Third Avenues from Main Street to Van Camp Street, Main Street and South 2nd and 3rd Avenues from Main Street to Robinson on the day of the race from 8:45 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. for the safety of the race participants.
Registration forms are in various business establishments in the area and on-line registration is at aptiming.com. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a form. Registration forms are also located on rivercityrunners.com.
Sponsors for the race include: Wesbanco, Healthy Alliance, Paul Wissmach Glass Company, GoMart, Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, Chen’s Garden, Myers Autos and Powersports, Littman Enterprises, D&D Trophies and Tees, RAM Financial Services, Ruby J. McWilliams, John and Barbara Hopkins, and Terry and Michelle Estep. New sponsors for this year’s race include Witschey’s Market, J.C. Mensore Distributing, Sistersville Pharmacy and Phillip’s Pharmacy, along with the Paden City Development Authority.
Race organizer Rodney McWilliams commented, “These wonderful sponsors make it possible for our race to hold the line on the registration fee for the runners and walkers. Our entry fee is one of the lowest in the valley. The sponsors help defray the costs of the race and allow us to put the entry fees directly toward the charities the race benefits.”
The course of the race includes North 3rd Avenue from Main to Stephen streets, Stephen Street from 3rd to 2nd Avenues, North 2nd Avenue from Stephen to the Paden City Elementary School turnaround and back, Main Street from 2nd Avenue to the William E. Ford Park (City park), the walking trail in the park and returning to Main Street to South 2nd Avenue, 2nd Avenue to Robinson Street, Robinson Street from 2nd to 3rd Avenues and South 3rd Avenue from Robinson back to the start/finish line at Centennial Park. The course will be marked over Memorial Day weekend so locals can practice.
McWilliams noted, “It is basically a big loop on 2nd Avenue to the elementary school and back, a loop in the park using the walking trail (to the boat ramp and back) and a short loop on South 2nd and 3rd Avenues to Centennial Park.”
Residents along with race route are urged to come out and support the runners and walkers along the course as is everyone in town. Very importantly, all vehicular traffic is urged to avoid the streets of the race course from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. for the safety of the participants. Volunteers will main most intersections to hold traffic, as needed and all drivers are expected to heed the volunteers’ directions. The Paden City Police force will escort the lead runners and the Wetzel County Ambulance Authority will provide a squad in case of any emergencies.
For information about the race or to become a sponsor, contact Rodney McWilliams at 304-482-9684.