By Melody Vallieu
What could be more romantic than a 5K run for charity? Why nothing, of course.
So, lace up your kicks, grab your sweetheart and head out on Feb. 13 for the Fifth annual Sweetheart Shuffle 5K to benefit the Troy Rec.
The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration from 8-8:45 a.m. at The Alumni Room at Troy Memorial Stadium, 151 W. Staunton Road, Troy. The course begins and ends at the stadium.
According to Troy Rec Interim Director Kelly Snyder, proceeds from each year’s race go to help support the programs offered to youth at the Troy Rec. Snyder said this is the only fundraiser the Rec has, and the race usually sees about 200 runners.
“The money is used for general operations and to support our special programs throughout the year,” Snyder said.
The entry fee for the race at this point is $20 and a T-shirt, if available, and checks may be made to the Troy Rec. Registration and forms also are available at speedy-feet.com.
The race offers 13 divisions, 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 60 and over and the Sweetheart division. The Sweetheart division allows couples to combine scores to compete and the top three couples will win an extra sweet surprise.
Awards will include the overall top three males and females, the top three male and female in each category and the top three sweethearts. Door prizes and awards will be given after the finish of the race. Results will be available at speedy-feet.com.
Snyder said the Troy Rec offers an after school game room — Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and gym, free to sixth through 12th grade students. The center also has a before- and after-school licensed day care for kindergarten through fifth grade students that has operated for 22 years, along with the Smart Start Preschool, which is in its fourth year.
Crossfit operates a fitness program for the after-school children every Monday and Wednesday, and the center has a Pre-K through second grade indoor soccer program. Snyder said the Troy Rec also hosts Zumba, line dance, and ballroom dance classes weekly that are open to the community.
Snyder said the staff and Troy Rec Board of Directors are thankful for the community’s continued support of the Troy Rec’s programs.
“We appreciate the support we receive every year from the community and city of Troy. Without their yearly support the Troy Rec would not be able to continue as a place for the youth of our city to gather,” Snyder said. “For over 75 years the Troy Rec has operated as a continuously run youth center and the funds we raise through the 5K help to maintain and upgrade the programs and facilities.”
Reach Melody Vallieu at [email protected], (937) 552-2131 or on Twitter at @TroyDailyNews