A new Race for the ROC feature on Aug. 17 at Waterworth Memorial Park will give families, kids and anyone who dares a chance to challenge the race obstacles without all the running.
Known as the Family/Youth Fun Run, the event begins at noon and follows a less than 1-mile course which includes all eight obstacles of the 5K Race for the ROC, at a price of $30 for up to five participants.
"Have a little fun to support the cause," race director Caroline McDermott said.
This is the second year for the Race for the ROC and McDermott's first as race director. She said she kept thinking about something they could do for fun to involve more families and kids. The fun run planned after the main race is a way for people who aren't sure about doing the 5K to experience the obstacles.
Participants in the fun run will crawl through the mud the same as the Race for the ROC competitors, but they won't be timed or scored. The obstacles located inside the park include: hay barrell mounds, mud crawl, over and under staggered wood logs, a run through the mud, tires for ins and outs, crawl through tunnels, slip 'n slide down the hill and tangled netting.
McDermott said this could be ideal for a family to do together, or a group of five kids or even adults who want to give it a try.
Participants can register through the Race for the ROC website at www.racefortheroc.com. Registration remains open for individuals or teams for the main race until Aug. 11, with the price now set at $45 for individuals and $40 each for individuals on teams through Wednesday. Beginning Thursday, the price will go up to $50 for individuals and $45 each for individuals on teams.
McDermott said people should pay attention to the Race for the ROC Facebook page because they sometimes offer discounts for registrations.
The race will begin at 9 a.m., with other waves at 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., followed by the fun run at noon.
Prizes will be awarded in the main race for overall male and female winners and the male and female winners in each age group, from under 14 to 50 and up and everything in between.
McDermott said they're just shy of 200 racers signed up and everything is falling into place. They're still working on some details, but much will be the same as last year, with parking again at Salem High School.
The race benefits the ROC of Salem, a faith-based community youth center located on South Lundy Avenue where kids can go for some fun and fellowship. The Brightway Center, a Christian retreat center located near Smithfield in Jefferson County, is again serving as a co-sponsor of the race.
Sponsorships are still available, with information on the race website at www.racefortheroc.com where people can also find a map of the race.