Mar 10, 2013

Hippity Hop on over to the first Wayne HealthCare Challenge race


BY JOY ROSEBERRY
GREENVILLE—The first event in the Wayne HealthCare Challenge, the Hippity Hop 5K Trail Run, is set for March 30 and there is still plenty of time to register
The event, which will benefit the YMCA of Darke County and the Light Foundation, is being held at Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville-Nashville Rd., Greenville. The course offers natural trails, creek crossings, hills, branches and roots!
The primitive course is a great place for a family walk. Christy Baker, Operations Director at the Greenville YMCA Branch, admits “running isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but it is very beautiful at Chenoweth so we encourage people to come out and enjoy the scenery along the 3.1 mile trail. As part of the Y’s mission of healthy living, we really just want to see people being active.  You don’t have to run to get the benefits of a 5K.”
Because of the terrain, strollers are not permitted, however the  YMCA is offering child care during the 5K - participants can drop off kids, ages nine and under, at Cottontail Cottage for free, supervised activities, games and crafts. Following the 5K (approximately 10 a.m.) everyone is invited to stay for a family-friendly Easter Egg hunt with prizes and candy for the kids.
Proceeds the YMCA earns from the event will be funneled into the scholarship program, making it easier for a number of people to take advantage of what the Y has to offer. “Scholarships are awarded  to children, adults and families,” said Baker. “Not only are they given for memberships, but also for child care, individual classes and team sports. For instance, some may need the indoor pool to continue therapy and we make scholarships available to them as well.”
Cost for the Hippity Hop is $20 advance registration with Tech Shirt by March 15; $25 late/day of registration (shirt not guaranteed). The Hippity Hop 5K will award the top three overall male and female as well as the top three in each of the 16 age divisions.
For information on the Hippity Hop 5K, contact Christy Baker, 548-3777, cbaker@ymcadarkecounty.org,  or getmoving@waynehealthcarechallenge.com.
To register for the event, visit www.gtraces.com or www.waynehealthcarechallenge.com.

Participation Points    

For many, entering 5K and 10Ks are not a way of life, so to recognize  those who enter various walks for their own pursuit of health and/or to support a cause, everyone participating in any of the Wayne HealthCare Challenge events throughout the year will earn participation points. 
Don’t see yourself going to more than one or two events in the Challenge but want to be involved in the fun? An easy way to tally points is by forming a team. Any time a member of your team participates in one of the Challenge events, the entire team earns points.
Following the final race of the challenge (set in December), a dinner will be held to recognize the overall race winners, individual participants and teams who have garnered the most points throughout the Challenge.

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