Richmond County athletes have two chances to lace up their running shoes in the coming weeks — the Farmers’ Day 5K and second annual Rudolph 5K Run/Walk. The first is part of the county’s annual celebration of farm life and the second, an opportunity to raise money to promote good-quality child care and family literacy.
The fourth annual Farmers Day 5K Run/Walk will be at 8 a.m. Nov. 18, in Ellerbe. The run will begin at the First Presbyterian Church on Ballard Street, then wind through town and back, ending where it started — which should be before the annual Farmers Day parade that will begin at the same spot.
Those who wish to register early may call Ellerbe Town Hall, 910-652-6251, for a registration form that can be mailed back with a check for $15. Early registration will end Nov. 9. Race-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and cost $20.
A parent or guardian must sign for any participant younger than 18.
Each participant will receive a T-shirt.
The Richmond County Partnership for Children will help local adults and children get into the holiday spirit with its second annual Rudolph 5K Run/Walk and Santa Shuffle 1K on Dec. 9, at Hinson Lake.
Those 15 and older may participate in the 5K, at 7:30 a.m. Race-day registration cost is $25, which entitles each runner to a race-day T-shirt.
The 1k “shuffle” will be for those from birth to age 14, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. Cost is $15, which covers a race-day T-shirt.
Those who wish to register early may do so at Partnership offices, 315 S. Lawrence St., Rockingham. Early registrants will receive a $5 discount.
Last year’s inaugural race welcomed 35 5K participants and seven “shufflers,” organizer Monica Hancock said Tuesday. Hancock is a professional-development specialist with the Partnership.
Male and female first-place finishers won red knit caps; others received knitted scarves. Hancock said those prizes were something runners could use to keep themselves warm after the race — something a medal cannot do.