The Angel Network is holding its annual Tot Trot and Fenimore 5K on May 18 at the Clark Sports Center.
The event will be held more than a month earlier than previous years. In 2013, the event was held on June 29. Joan Kegelman, organizer of the event for Angel Network, said the race date was moved up because the end of the school year is so busy for students and parents.
May also marks the beginning of the “Feeling Good Milage Club” at the elementary school, and the Angel Network wanted to compliment that program. CCS students run during their recess and physical education class and get “toe tokens” as a reward for their efforts. Participating in the Trot will garner them a special token.
“They get very competitive. They love getting the necklace with the token after the race. The two-year-olds are a little tentative, but by the time the kids are four, they just act like it’s old hat,” said Kegelman.
Registration is at 3 p.m. The two-year olds will start their trot at 4 p.m. and the races will continue with older children up to 12-year olds. The Fenimore 5K starts at 4:30 p.m. and early registration is encouraged to ensure the gift of a long sleeved tee shirt. The race is run through the village and ends at the Clark Sports Center. There will be face painting, Coco the Clown will make balloon animals and DJ Patrick Dewey will play music.
Chobani is donating yogurt for afternoon snacks, Northern Eagle is donating water and The Stage Coach is providing fruit for the runners.
The tots run a short distance, usually from parent to parent.
“It’s adorable. All the children are running with their faces painted. They love it,” said Kegelman.
Doug McCoy, events director for the Clark Center is coordinating the races and will choose distances appropriate for the children’s capabilities.