|Runners take to the street|
|July 12, 2012 Jerry Purvis|
This Friday morning, distance runners from around the region will continue a 30+ year tradition when they participate in the annual Don Childs Jr. Memorial Five Mile Run during Oregon Trail Days.
Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, July 13 in front of the Gering Citizen offices. The run starts at 7:30 a.m. with runners heading south on 10th St., then west on M St and out to the Scotts Bluff National Monument, returning by the same route.
Event organizer Randy Plummer said there will be water available along the route, although most runners bring it with them. There are six age categories in which runners can register: 16 and under, 17 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59 and 60+.
“The top three men and women finishers in each age group receive medals,” Plummer said. The overall male and female winners will receive an Oregon Trail Days plaque.”
Registration for the run is $10, which included a T-shirt. The easiest way to register is to download an entry form at the website www.oregontraildays.com. Runners should have the form filled out and bring it, along with the entry fee, to the registration on Friday morning.
Plummer advised runners to be there as early as possible so they can get registered and warmed up prior to the run. Last year, more than 160 runners participated.
“It’s grown a lot in just the last 10 years,” Plummer said. “When I came onboard in 1988, we were getting about 50 or 60 entries and it’s doubled since then. It’s been a real positive event for Oregon Trail Days.”
The run was named in memory of Don Childs Jr., band director at Gering High School when he was killed in a plane crash in the late 1970s.