Friday, March 22, 2019

Kewash Half Marathon

This week at Rotary Teri Hartzler and Amy Schulte invited Michelle Driscoll to talk to the group about the Kewash Half Marathon. The run started in 2014 with about 70 participants and has grown over the past 5 years with over 240 participants from 10 different states last year. Last year, over $8000 was raised, with part of the funds being returned to different organizations and clubs in the community, including 2 youth running groups in Washington, and the high school cross country team.
This year, the race will be held on Saturday, April 20th, and will start and finish outside JPs 207. The route goes through some of the more beautiful and historic parts of Washington, before heading west out of town onto the Kewash Nature Trail. There is a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K. New additions to the race this year include pacers for those trying to set new personal records, or who just want to run with a group of people for extra encouragement. Organizers are also hoping to have cheering sections set along the route to give runners an extra nudge to keep going. There will be a group of local firefighters who are going to run the half marathon as a relay, with each one running 1 mile in full fire gear.
The organizers are asking for volunteers to come out the Saturday before, April 13th, at 9 am to meet at the trail entrance near Sunset Park to help with trash clean-up. The flyer for the clean-up is pictured below, and you may contact Teri Hartzler if you are interested in helping.

Teri also spoke briefly about a new program the Y is hosting for community members with special abilities. Each Tuesday afternoon in the month of April from 3-5, they Y will host The Social Scene. A new activity will be offered each Tuesday for participants to expand their skill sets and try out some new things. The flyer is pictured below with more information.

Upcoming Events:
March 28: Lynn Koch
April 4: Connie Larson
April 11: Willie Stone
April 18: Emory Van Gerpen (Holy Week)
April 25: Bob Lamb