NEW HAVEN — Plans are underway for the eighth annual Wahama Scholarship 5K Walk/Run for Education, set for Oct. 29 in New Haven.
Founded by Dr. Wes and Amanda Lieving, proceeds from the event are used to provide scholarships for Wahama High School seniors.
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the New Haven fire station, which is also the walk/run starting point. The race begins promptly at 8 a.m. and will proceed along Route 62 to Layne Street. Participants will continue along Layne Street to the horse stables and then return to the fire station.
Early registration is now being accepted, and the first 100 to register will receive a free t-shirt. Those wishing to pre-register are asked to do so by Oct. 16.
The run generates about $6,000 annually, which supplements the approximately $40,000 given in scholarships by businesses and organizations, according to Bernita Allen, a scholarship committee member and one of the walk/run organizers. Also on the scholarship committee are Sue Barnitz, Linda Brewer, Joni Knight, Roberta Hysell and Amanda Lieving.
Several prizes will be awarded at the event, including one to the overall race winner, as well as prizes in various age divisions. Two senior students will be guaranteed scholarships from the run. The first senior to cross the finish line will receive one, and the senior who encourages the most people to register for the race will receive the other. Each registration form includes a line on which to place a senior’s name. The winner will be determined by the senior whose name appears the most.
Following the run, all participants and sponsors are invited to attend a free pancake breakfast inside the fire station.
Registration is $20, and forms are available at the New Haven Library, This ‘N’ That Café in New Haven, the New Haven Town Hall, Mason Library and Bob’s Market (both market and main office). For more information, e-mail Amanda Lieving at firstname.lastname@example.org, call Allen at 304-674-6650, or view the Facebook event page at 5K Walk/Run for Education.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.