The Tiger Trot 5K is one of those small-town races that I highly recommend. Last year, my husband and I switched roles for a day... he ran the race and I cheered with the kids. The chip-timed race course starts at Marquette Elementary School, circles the small town, and ends in pretty Independence Park. Once all the 5K racers finish, there is a short children's race, free for the little ones. Last year, they even got a finisher's ribbon!
After the race, participants gather in the school cafeteria for food, drinks, door prizes, and award age-group awards - 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, plus 1st & 2nd in each 5-yr age group. That's a lot of awards for a small race... which means you have a greater chance to winning something, if you're on that cusp like me.
Instead of the average 5k cotten tee, the Tiger Trot boosts a tech-style run shirt as part of your registration. If you are a member of the local running club in Peoria, this is also an Illinois Valley Striders Grand Prix Series Race.
Proceeds from the Tiger Trot 5K benefit the three local schools - Marquette Elementary, Rogers Elementary and Georgetown Middle School. I can't think of a better way to raise much-needed funds for our schools... while encouraging our children to take up a healthy activity like running (versus video game playing). Personally, I get so tired of the kids coming home with popcorn and junk catalog sales.
What's better than a family race outing on a beautiful spring morning?! We had such a wonderful time last year. I hope you can join in for the 2014 race on Saturday, April 26. Register here before April 12 for the early bird pricing ($25). There is also a spaghetti dinner the evening before at packet pickup, that helps the local Cub Scout pack... 5-7pm at the Real Life Church.
Find the Tiger Trot on Facebook here.
• • • RACE ENTRY GIVEAWAY • • •A good friend is the race director for the Tiger Trot 5K and has graciously offered me a race entry to giveaway to one of my readers! It's so easy to enter...
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THE WINNER IS .... LAUREN SIEMERS!
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