Bright and early Saturday runners and walkers will be lining up at the Purcell City Lake.
The 24th annual Heart of Oklahoma Lake run will start at the Rotary pavilion promptly at 7:30 a.m.
Committee members extend an invitation to all runners to participate in this annual event that is culminated with fruit and homemade ice cream.
This year’s race will be an out and back on a USA Track and Field (USATF) certified course and it is a USATF sanctioned event.
Participants may register using the form in this week’s Purcell Register.
Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. Entry fee for each runner is $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 www.purcelllakerun.com.
There will be the opportunity for local businesses, churches and civic organizations to enter five person relay teams.
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 race.
There is 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 the run is the homemade ice cream.
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.
The 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 warm-ups, shorts and other needed equipment for their runners.
“Bring a friend and get some exercise and help us support this worthy cause,” organizer Dr. Rick Schmidt said.
For more information you may contact Dr. Schmidt at 405-527-7555 or Matt Howsley at 405-527-1175.