Sunday, December 21, 2014

ORC, Ransom preparing for 5K doubleheader

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 8/12/2013

Runners and walkers will have plenty of opportunity for exercise during the next couple of weekends in Ottawa. Two 5K run/walk events are scheduled for back-to-back Saturdays in the city.

The Ottawa Recreation Commission is playing host Saturday to its first 5K in at least five years, Brandy Shoemaker, ORC recreation manager, said. The 5K is a capstone project for ORC intern Victoria Boor, who also is a senior cross-country runner at Ottawa University this fall.

Runners and walkers will have plenty of opportunity for exercise during the next couple of weekends in Ottawa. Two 5K run/walk events are scheduled for back-to-back Saturdays in the city.

The Ottawa Recreation Commission is playing host Saturday to its first 5K in at least five years, Brandy Shoemaker, ORC recreation manager, said. The 5K is a capstone project for ORC intern Victoria Boor, who also is a senior cross-country runner at Ottawa University this fall.

“During her internship, she spent time in each one of our departments (at the ORC),” Shoemaker said. “She’s done a great job.”

Boor has had plenty of running experience throughout her high school and college careers.

“I ran in high school and through college, and I’ve been involved in 5Ks for a good portion of my life,” Boor said. “It will be a great way to get people out in the community.”

Registration and number pick-up for the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with the race beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Hull Center at the university, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa. Those interested also can pick up registration forms at the Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa, or register online at www.orcottawaks.org. Registration and a fee are required. Medals are expected to be awarded to the top two men and women from each age group, which consists of sixth to 12th grades, 18-50 years old and 50 and older.

Ransom Memorial Hospital gets into the action Aug. 24, putting on its fourth annual 5K run/walk. The event starts at Forest Park, 310 N. Locust St., Ottawa, and ends at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Aug. 24, and the race begins at 8 a.m. Registration and a fee are required. Those interested in participating can register online at www.ransom.org

Typically about 300 racers show up on race day, Brenda Pfizenmaier, certified exercise instructor at Ransom Memorial Hospital, said. Runners are allowed to run in an unusual location on race day: down Main Street in Ottawa.

“So far everything has been fantastic,” Pfizenmaier said. “This is a family event, and we are just promoting wellness.”

Medals are expected to be given to the top three men and women finishers in the age categories 13 and younger, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older. The Ransom 5K uses a professional chip-timing system for its race, organizers said.

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