The River City Rat Race was born in the year 2000 and became an instant success. With over 1000 runners and more than 100 volunteers, it is clear that this event has enormous potential. The feature event is a 10K (6.2) mile road race, and new this year is a 5K-timed run, both with a beautiful downtown course. Author and senior writer Hal Higdon of Runner’s World Magazine said, “It’s one of the most scenic 10K courses I’ve ever run!” This is high praise coming from one of the most experienced and highly sought after running experts in North America.
The race is run the Sunday prior to Halloween, October 28, and we feel that is the best time for an event called “Rat Race.” Although the race attracts top area runners, we are considered a “fun run.” We give lots of door prizes that all participants can win, even volunteers. Besides age group awards, we also have a best costume award.
Since the race started in 2000, it has generated over $70,000 for local charities. 100% of our proceeds go to charity, but our chief beneficiary is the YMCA’s Strong Kids Program. This year’s race kicks off on Sunday, October 28, 2012. The race begins at 2:00 p.m. The starting line is Main and Barr Street. The course takes a scenic tour of Fort Wayne that finishes at the Old Fort.
Registration and goodie bag pick-up will take place Saturday, October 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the downtown YMCA. Packet pick-up is also race day from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 1st Source Bank Center, 200 E. Main Street.
NO RACE DAY OR MAIL IN REGISTRATIONS.
Participants can also register online at www.rivercityratrace.com. Entry cost is $25 from September 2 to October 21 and $30 from October 21-27. Pre-race day registration is also available for $30 on October 27 at the YMCA from 5:00-8:00pm. The YMCA is located at 1020 South Barr Street. Visit our website at www.rivercityratrace.com or pick up an informational postcard at any YMCA or Three Rivers Running Company. You may also contact the YMCA at 260-422-6486. Pamela Wolfe – Race Director, River City Rat Race – 10K/5K 260-704-4064.
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