Eckville River Run to take place this weekend

Eckville River Run to take place this weekend

The third annual river run is hosted by the Presbyterian Church

The third annual Eckville River Run will be held this weekend along the Medicine River.

The route the race takes is along the river and through some farm land, which gives a scenic view to participants as they run the course.

The Eckville River Run is not just any five km race. This one is set up to be an obstacle race spread out over five kilometres.

Hosted by St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Eckville, the Eckville River run is open to participants of all ages and is family friendly.

Families are encouraged to bring everyone out for a bit of fun and exercise. The race is open to parents with children in strollers as well, as there will be a walking course available for those not in a hurry.

The Eckville River Run will also be hosting a mini-run for children aged five to eight. This run will hold small obstacles over roughly 800 metres for the young ones to enjoy.

The five kilometre obstacle course is designed to be both fun and challenging to participants.

Races being at noon on Sept. 30.

There are multiple categories to participate in as well, competitive, and walking.

The competitive heats begin at noon, followed by non-competitive/family/team at 12:15 p.m., the mini-run at 1:30 p.m. The day will wrap up with the walking pace which is expected to start at approximately 1:45 p.m.

A concession will be available for both participants and spectators.

There are small registration fees depending on the category you compete in; Junior, those 5-17-years-old, is $10; competitive adult, $20; family rate, two parents and dependent children; $50, team rate, $10 per team member; walking pace, $5 per walker.

It is recommended to arrive at the site and register at least 20 minutes before the race begins.

To get to the race site take Range Road 302, it will say no exit, north and continue for roughly 1.5 kilometres and then turn west towards the site. There will be signs posted to help direct you.

Spectators are welcomed to attend the event, though it is recommended to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The organizers have asked runners and spectators to keep their dogs at home for the event.