Dust off those running shoes and pull the bicycles out of the shed this weekend as Live Well Geary County members will host the 2nd annual Pathways to Fitness Community Race and Bike Jamboree at Al Simpler Stadium.
“The Pathways to Fitness race and bike jamboree is an event to get people out (and) to promote active living,” Susan Jagerson, grant coordinator for Blue Cross/Blue Shield healthy pathways grant said. “It’s funded by our Blue Cross/Blue Shield healthy pathways grant. We’re really targeting getting kids out racing, having fun. (It’s) just an activity to get people out.”
The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with a check-in and packet pick up followed by a community 2-mile run for all age groups.
After everyone has finished the younger racers will take part in different race lengths around Al Simpler Stadium and the surrounding neighborhood.
Registration is still open, both online at livewellgearycounty.org, or in person up to race day. There will be an in person registration event Thursday night in Shenk Gymnasium, Junction City High School, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Late registration will also take place the morning of the races.
“We prefer to have people register ahead of time, because then we have some idea of how many people we’re going to have,” Jagerson said. “But, you can walk in and register day of we do have the online registration going on through then.”
Entry fee for the racing portion is $5, with the money covering expenses for the event.
Medals will be awarded to the top-3 finishers in each race and donated prizes will be given away throughout the event.
Organizers encourage race participants to show up early for individual races (listed below) in case of earlier start times.
Those interested in wheeled activities, you can participate in the bike jamboree to make sure your ride is in good riding condition.
“We’re going to have different stations set up so kids or adults can bring their bikes in,” Jagerson said. “We’ll have people there that can check their bikes out at the normal bike check stations — breaks and chain. And then we’ll have people there that can do some just kind of some standard bike repair, if you’ve got a specialized bike and things, we probably won’t be able to do that.”
The jamboree is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a community bike ride to follow.
“It’s just going to be an opportunity to get that bike out and make sure it’s working right, and things like that,” Jagerson said.
The event will take place rain or shine, but Jagerson said to check out the Live Well Geary County Facebook page for updates in the event of lightning.
Race Day Schedule:
7:30 a.m. check-in/packet pick up
8 a.m. All community 2-mile run (including 6-12 graders)
9:15 a.m. K-2; ¼ and ½ mile run
10 a.m. Grades 3-5; ½ mile and 1-mile run
10:45 a.m. Grades 6-8; 1-mile run
9-11 a.m. Bike Jamboree
11 a.m. Community bike ride