5K jumpstarts Heartland Festival

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By Holly Tabor


htabor@thenewsenterprise.com If it’s a good, brisk jog in the morning you treasure, then you won’t want to miss the Bluegrass Cellular 5K Run and one-mile Fun Run/Walk at this year’s Heartland Festival. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Bluegrass Cellular’s headquarters, 2902 Ring Road, Elizabethtown. “Last year, we had about 400 come out,” said Peggy Waters, advertising and marketing manager for Bluegrass Cellular. “This year, we expect at least that, if not more.” The race is open to anyone of any age, and the ages of runners is “really all across the board,” Waters said. “We have lots of repeat runners.” Winners in each age category will be awarded first, second and third place trophies. Proceeds from the 5K race go to the cross country programs at area high schools, and those generated by the one-mile Fun Run/Walk go to Greenspace to help preserve walking trails throughout Hardin County. The 5K is chip timed for accuracy. Each entrant will get a free T-shirt while supplies last, along with refreshments after the race. Participants also will be eligible for prize drawings. Awards will be presented shortly after the race is completed. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon. In an effort to go “green” this year, T-shirts will be made of organic material, and brochures and bags will be made of recycled material that will be recyclable, as well, Waters said. The cost is $12 for the 5K and $10 for the Fun Run/Walk. Students who participate in the 5K will pay $10. Early registrants can pick up packets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today, and until 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bluegrass Cellular headquarters. On the day of the race, packets can be picked up during sign-ins from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to receive their numbers and chips. To register or for more information, stop by any Bluegrass Cellular location in Hardin County, visit www.active.com or www.bluegrasscellular.com for a downloadable brochure or call (270) 769-0339 and ask for the marketing department. An additional online registration fee applies for those who register using www.active.com. Holly Tabor can be reached at (270) 505-1745.