Maple Leaf run includes three races Saturday morning
Kit Harris is hoping this year's Maple Leaf Run will be more successful than last year's event, which drew a record 120 participants.
Harris, a longtime Baldwin City resident and Baldwin High School teacher and coach, helped make the 2010 version of the event the biggest ever. He has already received 60 registration forms, which is one shy of last year's amount before the festival.
“It was fun last year,” Harris said. “We had a great turnout and that makes it worthwhile and more fun. We're hoping for another large turnout this year.”
This year's event features three races. There will be a 5-kilometer run, 1-mile walk and 1-mile kids fun run. The 5K and walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the kids fun run estimated to begin at 9:15 a.m.
All three races will be held at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course, which is located at 1500 South Street. The golf course is on the west side of Baldwin City, just one block south of the Midland Railway Depot and grain elevator.
The course is the home course for the BHS and Baker University cross country teams, who have each held two races at the course this fall.
“This is a fundraiser for the high school wrestling team,” Harris said. “We also want to help contribute to the events of the Maple Leaf Festival.”
On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:15 a.m. There is a $20 entry fee for the event, but a t-shirt is included in the entry fee. Anyone wanting to register or print out a form before Saturday may go online to www.mapleleaffestival.com/events.htm and download the registration form.
Prizes for the top three male and top three female runners will be given Saturday. There will also be prizes for the top two of each group, which are 14-and-under, 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-and-over.
The top three boys and girls in the fun run will receive trophies. Prizes will be awarded to the top two for each age group, too. The kids fun run age groups are 8-and-under, 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under.
“I'm hoping for nice weather,” Harris said. “The early forecast looks good so far. It's supposed to be sunny and high around 70 that day, but it should be cooler and perfect running weather in the morning.”