Big turnout expected for Maple Leaf run
Kit Harris is trying to make this year’s Maple Leaf Run the biggest ever, and thus far he’s feeling confident about reaching that goal.
Harris, a Baldwin City resident, has received numerous registration forms and several other people expressed interest in information about the run.
“We’ve had a lot of emails and calls about the run,” Harris said. “We have about 61 registrations in hand right now. We did a lot of advertising on running club Web sites and running stores. We also emailed P.E. teachers. So I’m hoping to have a good turnout.”
The 2010 Maple Leaf Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the 5-kilometer run and 1-mile walk. There will be a 1-mile kids fun run that will start at approximately 9:15 a.m.
On-site registration for the run will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:15 a.m. The cost of the run is $20 and a T-shirt come with the entry fee. The Maple Leaf Run will be at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course, located on the west side of town, one block south of the Midland Depot at 1500 South Street.
“A lot of people like running our course,” Harris said. “It’s a true cross country type course on grass. A lot of 5K races are on pavement, so that’s a plus we have going for us. We have a great course already marked out for us by the cross country teams.”
There will be prizes given for the 5K run. The age divisions are 18-and-younger, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49 and etc. For the kids fun run, the age divisions are 9-and-younger, 11-and-younger, 13-and-younger, 15-and-younger and 18-and-younger.
Anyone wanting to register before Saturday can download the registration form online at www. mapleleaffestival.com/events.htm. Otherwise runners may register Saturday morning at the golf course.
“I think this year could be one of the biggest races we’ve had out there,” Harris said. “I’m trying to have it be really organized and run well. We have some awards and T-shirts. We will have the course marked. I’m trying to have post-race food. I’m hoping people leave thinking it was a good event so they’ll come back next year, maybe with more people.”