The inaugural Goose Poop 5K Challenge benefiting United Way of the Wabash Valley’s early childhood education initiative – Success by 6, will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Hawthorn Park located in Terre Haute, IN. This unique, family-friendly, fun event won’t be your “normal” 5K (3.1 miles) run. Participants will be encouraged to run in teams (2 runners per team) and will have to maneuver over, under or through various obstacles that will be placed along the course, including all that goose poop!
Awards will be given out to the top finishers in unique team categories, such as: Father/Son, Mother/Daughter, Husband/Wife, Co-Ed, Male Team, Female Team, etc. Top individual awards will also be given out.
A Kids Challenge Race (ages 4-10) will also take place prior to the 5K (starting at 9 AM). Distance and “challenges” for the Kids Challenge Race are still to-be-determined.
All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and be invited to the post-race party where lunch will be served.
The Goose Poop 5K Challenge will be marketed as a unique family-friendly event. We plan to use social media sites to let people know of this event. The Wabash Valley Roadrunners organization will also distribute information/fliers to various running groups in Indiana and in Illinois.
United Way Worldwide and the NFL have partnered in the program called “Play 60” which encourages children to lead an active lifestyle and to perform some type of physical activity for an hour each day. The Goose Poop 5K Challenge and Kids Challenge Race helps to promote that positive physical activity.
We feel this is a great opportunity for area businesses and other organizations to be part of an event that could become a community tradition. We expect to attract 400-450 people from all over the regional area.
Please check out the race website at www.goosepoop.org or “like” the race on Facebook at “Goose Poop 5K benefiting United Way of the Wabash Valley”.