Fifth running of PC Foundation run/walk is set
Plans for the fifth running of the Paden City Foundation 5K Run/Walk are well underway with sponsors lining up and a date selected. The race will be held on June 4 with the start and finish line at Centennial Park in Paden City. The park is located at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue and the gun will fire at 9 a.m.
WesBanco has signed on as the race’s Diamond sponsor. Progressive Bank has also added its support as a sponsor of this year’s event. Past year’s sponsors that are committing to this year’s event also include RAM Financial Services, Healthy Alliance, and TME Lights Yours Way. Race Director Rodney McWilliams notes that opportunities still exist for sponsors to get on board for one of the area’s great 5K races that is geared for runners and walkers of all experience levels. Last year the race was an official Wounded Warrior Project community event and has applied for the same designation for the 2015 race.
“We are very appreciative for the sponsors that are so generous for this event each year. Their contributions help us keep the entry fees at a minimum,” McWilliams said. “The goal of the race is to promote healthy exercise, running and walking, and to encourage everyone to take part. This is a competitive race with a competitive field every year also. It is just a good race for all experience levels and a great one for beginners to get a taste of 5k running/walking.”
The race is ideal for all age groups as the race course is 90 percent flat and 100 percent paved. The course utilizes some of Paden City’s streets (Second and Third Avenues, Stephen and Main Streets) and the walking trail in the William E. Ford Park. Entry forms for the race will be available at WesBanco-Paden City, the Paden City Museum, Quinet’s Restaurant (New Martinsville), and on the website rivercityrunners.com.
“Our age divisions encompass all ages from toddlers on up and last year we further divided the younger groups so more youths would have fair opportunities. We will keep those age divisions and offer medals to the first three place finishers in each division for both male and female and run and walk categories,” McWilliams added. Overall top three finishers will receive plaques also. Professional timing services will be provided by the River City Runners Club (Parkersburg).
The race averages a field of just over 100 participants and organizers are planning for a larger field this year. Participants will receive official race shirts (an athletic tech shirt). For more information about the Paden City 5K Run/Walk or to become a sponsor, contact McWilliams at 304-482-9684.