LEBANON, Missouri- Signup is under way for the sixth annual Lebanon Rotary Route 66 Run, a 5K run and one-mile fun walk that will be Oct. 21 at Route 66-themed Boswell Park, a new location this year.
Runners may register online at ozarkracingsystems.com. Registration also may be done until 8:30 a.m. the morning of the race. Early registration is $20, increasing to $25 on race day. Registration for the one-mile fun run/walk is $10. All runners and walkers will receive long-sleeve running shirts with the new race logo.
Medals will be given to the overall male and female runners and the top three in 10-year age groups. The race will be professionally timed by Ozark Racing Systems.
In past years, the Rotary run has been held amid traffic on Route 66 heading east out of Lebanon. This year, the run has been moved to the recently upgraded Boswell Park, which fronts Route 66 in west Lebanon.
Runners will start and end in front of the park’s new Route 66 murals, winding their way through the adjoining residential neighborhood and nearby Nelson Park on a route developed and marked by the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department.
“It’s just a lot safer route,” John Gideon, chairman of the Rotary 5K Committee, said. “And we want to tie it in with our new park and showcase our murals.”
Eighty runners and walkers usually participate in the event, which benefits Rotary’s “Koats for Kids” project.
Money raised from sponsorships and fees from runners enables Rotary to provide winter coats to Lebanon, Joel E. Barber and Conway school children who need them.
“The Rotary Club 5K/1-Mile Fun Walk helps to ensure that kids will have a proper coat for the winter,” Gideon said.
In 2016, Lebanon Rotary spent almost $8,000 purchasing coats for kids thanks to the run.
Boswell Park is located on Route 66, also known as Elm Street, between Interstate 44 exits 127 and 129, across from Faye’s Diner and Casey’s General Store.