Sporting events set for 44th Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf Festival goers will have plenty of opportunities to get a little exercise in between the arts and crafts shopping and the parade watching.
Both the Volkswalk and the 5K run offer Baldwin residents and visitors alike to see some of Baldwin and get some exercise at the same time.
The Volkswalk, a leisurely 10-kilometer walk through scenic and historic parts of Baldwin, is sponsored by the Baldwin Recreation Commission and the Sunflower Sod Stompers, a Topeka Volkswalk organization. It is open to all ages.
Debbie Schmidt, recreation assistant director, said there is usually a good turnout at the walk by both residents and visitors.
"People come just for this event," Schmidt said. "It's excellent recreation for the entire family."
Participants can begin the walk anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Walkers must be finished by 4:30 p.m.
Schmidt said the walk begins at the Baldwin High School lobby and will wind through different parts of town including by the Midland Railway.
"The route takes you by some of the most beautiful trees in town," she said.
There is no fee to participate.
For those who want a little faster-paced activity, the 5K run will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course.
The run is sponsored by the Baker University Mens and Womens cross country teams.
The run, which is divided into 10 age groups, is open to all ages of runners.
Medals will be given to the top three times in each division. There will also be overall first-place plaque for both men and women.
All participants will receive a long-sleeved shirt.
Registration is necessary to compete. The registration fee is $20 if received by Friday. Late registrations are accepted on Saturday. The cost is $25 and those that are late are not guaranteed a shirt.
Fees can be sent care of Baker Cross Country Teams, P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, 66046. For more information call Bobbie Schreiner at 594-4580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.