The 16th annual Eastern Bank Marion Village 5K is slated to take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00AM. Race applications are available on line at www.marionrecreation.com or at www.jbrace.com , where runners can also register on-line. You may also pick up an application at area branches of Eastern Bank, which is the race’s corporate sponsor. Many local businesses are financial sponsors for the race, and even more have contributed prizes, services and gift certificates to the finishers. All proceeds from the race will benefit youth recreation programs in Marion.
The race starts and finishes on Front Street at Tabor Academy. The entry fee is $15.00 until June 16th, and $20.00 after June 16th.
Race director Chris Adams is expecting a record field of runners and walkers this year. Prize money is offered to the top three men and women finishers and merchandise or gift certificates are awarded to the top ten men and women in the race. Gift certificates are awarded to the top male and female finishers from Marion. Young runners in the 13 & under age group will receive certificates for free ice creams from Kool Kone. There is also a post race raffle open to all competitors.
Runners and walkers will also enjoy drinks, fruit, bagels and other food. The race course starts in front of Baxter House on Front Street, heads north on Front Street, then left on Ryder Lane and left again on Spring Street. At the end of Spring Street, the course takes a left, then a quick right on Pleasant Street. After climbing slightly for a quarter mile, the course takes a left and drops downhill on Holmes Street and continues through the two mile mark turning left on Water Street. Then left again on Vine and right back onto Front Street for the final half mile ending in the driveway of Tabor’s Hoyt Hall on the waterfront.
Any businesses still interested in donating prizes or sponsoring the race should contact race director Chris Adams at email@example.com.