Runners dream of attending a destination race in an exotic locale.
But travel can be expensive and inconvenient, especially for families. How about a destination race in scenic and nearby Rimersburg?
Rimersburg’s Cookie Daze 5K, at 9 a.m. Saturday, is only part of a weekend of family-oriented fun. The event, originally a 10K, has been held as part of the town’s Cookie Daze celebration for 32 years.
Nancy Carmichael, president of Rimersburg’s Chamber of Commerce, has been with the race since its inception. She was the first race director, then took a break to devote time to her family. Since her two sons and one daughter are now grown, she has stepped up to direct the race for the past 10 years.
Carmichael suggests that although Rimersburg is close enough to drive in for the Saturday morning race, runners may want to stay in Clarion, 15 miles away, on Friday before the race. Friday night’s Cookie Daze activities include a parade, D.J. and street dance until 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.
On Saturday at 8 a.m., families are welcome to run the Super Hero Fun Run, a one-mile run for kids ages 12 and younger. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroes. Entry is free and parents may run with their kids.
Carmichael says that some parents use the Super Hero Run as a warmup for the Cookie Daze 5K. Cookie Daze welcomes day-of-event registrations at the Community Center on race day. Registrants are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt, though popular sizes may have to wait a few weeks for delivery.
Carmichael expects about 80 participants for the 5K. The highest participation has been 118 finishers. Kids in strollers are welcome as well as walkers.
The event gives trophies as overall awards for walkers as well as runners. Competitive awards for the 5K run include trophies and Oakley sunglasses for overall first place finishers and medals for top three in age groups 10 and under through 60+.
Cookie Daze 5K begins in Memorial Park and follows a scenic, rolling loop course through the rural countryside. Carmichael, an experienced 5K runner, calls it “mostly flat with a few small hills.”
Refreshments following the run include fruit, water, and of course, cookies. Cookies are provided by IBake, a Rimersburg company which supplies cookies to institutions such as hospitals, colleges and prisons.
Runners and their families are encouraged to stay in town for the day’s festivities. Vendors, crafts, carnival rides and games will be open all day. There’s a doggy fashion show at 10 a.m. and kids Big Wheels race at 11:30 a.m.
There are two scavenger hunts planned — one for kids at 1 p.m. followed by the adult version at 2 p.m. Motorcycles cruise into town from 3 to 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the band Sideshow performs downtown.
If you decide to stay for the weekend, Sunday’s Cookie Daze events include a car show at noon and outdoor movie on Sunday evening. And of course, more carnival all day.
For more information about Cookie Daze 5K, call Carmichael at 814-473-6427.
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Pat Neubert is a running columnist for the Butler Eagle