More than 130 registered for Run for the Ribbons 5K

Packet pick-up, registration tonight ’til 7

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Race director Jodi Heimrich said there’s approximately 135 runners and walkers registered for the Run for the Ribbons 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk. Event volunteers are welcoming participants — and signing up new ones — tonight until 7 at Discovery Place KIDS in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Peggy Andersen, right, won her age group in the inaugural Hoofing it for Haiti 5K on March 21 at Richmond Community College. She hopes to duplicate that success Saturday in the Run for the Ribbons 5K.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Peggy Andersen, right, won her age group in the inaugural Hoofing it for Haiti 5K on March 21 at Richmond Community College. She hopes to duplicate that success Saturday in the Run for the Ribbons 5K.

There’s a  new cause and a slightly modified course for what was, in 2014, the inaugural Discovery Place KIDS 5K run and walk in downtown Rockingham. This year, it’s called the Run for the Ribbons 5K. The goal is to increase cancer awareness.

The event date is set for Saturday, April 18. Packet pickup is Friday at the children’s science museum and on Saturday prior to the race.

On Saturday, race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. at Discovery Place KIDS. The 5K will start promptly at 10 a.m. A children’s 1K run, slightly longer than a half-mile, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Last year’s event in downtown Rockingham featured 105 finishers in the 5K distance and a couple of dozen more in the untimed Big Fun Run, a fun run for kids to run long with their parents (if the parents can keep up).

The course will begin in front of The Pee Dee Post on East Washington Street and make a right onto Hancock Street — not Lawrence this year — before making a right onto Greene Street and a left onto Lawrence. Runners will go up the same hill there as in 2014, crest it and then turn right onto Everett towards First Baptist Church.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Connie Kelly picks up her bib number to prepare for the Run for the Ribbons 5K on Saturday in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Connie Kelly picks up her bib number to prepare for the Run for the Ribbons 5K on Saturday in downtown Rockingham.

The rest of the course — all but the finish — is the same as in 2014. Runners will travel down Randolph Street and pick up the Hitchcock Creek trail to Love Lane. They’ll climb up Love Lane, turn left onto Hawthorne and left on Ann by Rockingham Middle School.

That’s about the 2-mile point. With 1.1 to go, runners will take a right onto Foushee Street and cross over Fayetteville Road to Stewart, then turn right onto Washington Street all the way to the front of Discovery Place KIDS.

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