The annual Purcell 5K Lake Run is set for Saturday, June 29, at the Purcell City Lake.

The run will start at the Rotary pavilion, located west of the old north pavilion.

Organizers are anticipating that this year’s run will be a great event as  the 24th year of the run is celebrated.

Committee members extend an invitation to all runners to participate in this great race.

This year’s race will be an out and back on a USATF certified course and it is a USATF sanctioned event. (USA Track and Field)

The run will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. Participants may register using the form in this week’s Purcell Register.

Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. The entry fee for each runner will be $18 for pre-registrants and $20 on race day.

The first 100 registrants will be guaranteed a T-shirt commemorating the run.  Checks should be made payable to the Purcell Lake Run. Registration forms may also be obtained from the run’s website at

There will be the opportunity for local businesses, churches, civic organizations, etc., to enter five person relay teams.

The cost for a corporate team is $100 and for a non-corporate team the fee will be $40.The 5K Relay is the championship relay for the state of Oklahoma.

Relay teams will be taken to their particular leg or kilometer marker prior to the beginning of the race. There will be one water station on the course at the half-way point. After the race, awards will be given to overall male and female runners, as well as the overall masters runner which will be over 64.

There will also be an opportunity for all that attend the event to be entered into the door prize drawings. One of the really big things for this run is that there will be homemade ice cream for everyone to enjoy.

The Wayne Fire department will also be providing smoked sausage sandwiches to all in attendance.

Proceeds of this year’s run will benefit the Purcell High School Track and Cross Country Teams. These teams receive limited funds from the school district and the proceeds from this run help make up that shortfall.

The coaches are able to purchase warmups, shorts and other needed equipment for their runners.

“Bring a friend and get some exercise and help us support this worthy cause,” said organizer Dr. Rick Schmidt.

For more information you may contact Dr. Schmidt at 405-527-7555 or Matt Howsley at 405-527-1175.

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