Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dairy Days 5K hopes to exceed 2006 total

May 16, 2007

June 2 is going to be a good day for the Basehor Community Library. The Dairy Days 5K, in its second year, is hoping to top the $1,800 it raised last year for the institution.

"This year we want to give a big novelty check that is considerably more than $1,800," director Jeff Venema said.

Venema will present a giant check to the library as he did last year.

"We did it in front of the runners to let them know it is for a good cause," Venema said.

Venema structured the run so it goes directly towards the new library from the high school. Venema said this is so the runners will be able to see the cause they are running for.

"It was very successful last year. I wanted to get the word out that we are doing it again," director Jeff Venema said. "Last year we raised some good money for the library. Plus I think with bringing runners into town, they might hang around and go to the festival. They have a lot of things going on that might appeal to the runners and their families."

Venema is building upon the success of the event's inaugural year.

"We had a perfect day last year; ideal weather," Venema said. "This year we are adding a kid's one mile race. We will hold that at Basehor-Linwood High School on a course I will make up around the school. We hope to get the kids out this year. Running is so healthy and it is a good activity. We want to instill that in kids."

The event costs $15 per participant. With registration runners will receive a T-Shirt, a packet of coupons, cold water and bagels.

"For $15, it is a pretty good deal. We feel like we have a nice value," Venema said.

Venema believes there are other reasons why the Dairy Days 5k is a great event.

"We have just a few hundred runners," Venema said. "It enables us to get more personal with our runners and enjoy the interaction."

Last year 142 runners participated. This year Venema expects more than 200.

There are many ways to register. Participants can sign-up online at www.active.com. Registration brochures will be available at Price Chopper, Casey's, BLHS and the Basehor Library. The Legends will also have brochures at running stores Converse, Finish Line and Adidas.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at the high school. The opening ceremony, along with the national anthem, will be held a few minutes prior.

Early T-Shirt and packet pickup will be offered from 5-7 p.m. the night before at BLHS for those interested.

The kid's race will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Last year's youngest participant in the 5K, which is approximately 3.1 miles, was 6-year old Max Heinen.

Last year's winners were Dustin Weimer, with a time of 18:33, and Melanie King, with a time of 21:45.

Max finished closely behind, clocking in at 45:06.

"It's for a great cause," Venema said. "Last year was great. We are hoping that our winners come back to defend their titles."

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