The 18th annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County will be Saturday, July 2. All proceeds from the race will be used in building another Habitat for Humanity home in DeKalb County.
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The race will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. The course will continue along the same path as last year beginning and ending on Church Street in Downtown Smithville. "We will be able to run the same course as we always do down town hill, by the pool, and over by the hospital, and back up Main Street. The City of Smithville has been very accommodating to us. We will have a few little obstacles along the course that we don’t normally have but it will be the same 3.1 mile course. We are also being chip timed again by Tennessee Race Timing out of Cookeville. They do a great job with our results. Its a fun course. Its a challenging course to run with the hills but we were happy to keep the same course this year with city construction going on,” said Race Director Tecia Puckett Pryor.
“We encourage anybody who is interested in doing either the one mile fun run or the 5K to go to www.fiddler5k.com where you'll find a printable registration form that provides all the details of registration and a link to online registration," she said.
The deadline for online pre-registration is Wednesday, June 29 and paper registrations must be submitted no later than Monday, June 27. "If you want to register by paper go online and print out a registration form and mail it in or bring it by my office by Monday at 312 West Broad Street. By pre-registering you guarantee yourself a really neat race shirt. This year we have shirts with a little different fabric. Its a cotton and polyester blend. Its very light weight and popular.Its ice blue with a really nice design. So guarantee a shirt by pre-registering. Another perk of pre-registering is that you may come on Friday night to pick up your race packet early from 5-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center. You may also pick up your packet on race morning. Those who haven’t pre-registered may still register on the morning of the race at 6 a.m. If you have pre-registered and didn’t pick up your packet come by about 6:15 a.m. We’ll be in the parking lot of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home which is where we do all our pre-race activities on Saturday morning and our post race activities,” Pryor continued.
Participants may sign up on race day but it costs a little more."The cost of race day registration is $30 and $25 for those age 18 and younger. Again, for early registration it's $25 for adults age 19 and older and for youth its $20 for ages 18 and younger so you save a little bit of money by pre-registering," Pryor said.
“We’re looking forward to a great 5K and Fun Run. We hope all you kids or adults who just want to walk the race will do the One Mile Fun Run which is all in town and really doesn’t have any of the hills that the 5K course has” .
“We encourage anybody who is interested in doing either the One Mile Fun Run or the 5K to go to www.fiddler5k.com where you'll find a printable registration form that provides all the details of registration and a link to online registration”.
"For our awards, we give an overall male award and a female award for the fastest runners. We also give a Masters award which is for the fastest male and female age 40 and older. We present the top three awards in the age categories of nine and younger, and then go up from there in five year increments. We give ribbons for those categories. For the Fun Run, we only give awards for children who are age twelve and younger. We give overall awards for male and female and then we do the top three. Everybody gets a nice ribbon and the overall winners get medals," said Pryor.
Funds raised through the Fiddler 5K support Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. "This of course is a benefit for Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. This is one of the main fund raisers for Habitat all year and we hope lots of people will come out and support us”.
“I want to say a special thank you to the race tee shirt sponsors. Our head line sponsors are DeKalb Dental Center and Dr. Mitchell Tatum, Wilson Bank & Trust, First Bank, Janney and Associates, Stonehaus Winery, CPA Glenda Davis, Tenneco, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, and Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church,” Pryor concluded.