The 19th annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County will be Saturday, July 1. All proceeds from the race will be used in building another Habitat for Humanity home in DeKalb County.
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’re in year 19. We had a race back then when there were not a lot of races around. The Fiddler 5K is really a fun race. It’s very festive. People dress up in patriotic colors. Lots of families come out for the race. We encourage everyone to come out and join the fun with us. We have a good time. Be a part of it or come out and cheer the runners on. Its an exciting way to start your Saturday morning,” said Race Director Tecia Puckett Pryor.
Anybody who is interested in participating either in the one mile fun run or the 5K may 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.
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The deadline for online pre-registration is midnight Wednesday, June 28 and paper registrations must be submitted no later than Monday, June 26.
“You may mail in the registrations to our P.O. Box 750 or you may drop them off by Monday afternoon, June 26 at my law office at 312 West Broad Street next to Griffin’s Fruit Market,” said Pryor.
Participants may sign up on race day, July 1 starting at 6:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home but it costs a little more. The cost of race day registration is $30 and $25 for those age 18 and younger. For early registration it's $25 for adults age 19 and older and for youth its $20 for ages 18 and younger.
“A perk of pre-registration is that you can show up on Friday night, June 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center and pick up your packet which includes your bib and t-shirt. That way you don’t have to get up quite as early on Saturday morning to check in. But you can check in as early as 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning if you pre-register,” Pryor continued.
"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," she said
The course is certified, chip timed and professionally managed by Tennessee Race Timing of Cookeville. Pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Sponsors of the t-shirts are Wilson Bank & Trust, First Bank, Stonehaus Winery, Janney & Associates CPA, Los Lobos Mexican Restaurant, Federal Mogul, Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, DeKalb Dental Center, and Glenda Davis CPA.
Funds raised through the Fiddler 5K support Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. "All the money that we raise goes to Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. We are in the process of selecting a new partner family and putting them in a home, which should occur this year. This money goes to a great cause,” said Pryor.