27th annual chokecherry run slated for Sept. 10

Now is the time for all racers to get some serious training in for this year’s annual Chokecherry Run, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 in conjunction with Lewistown’s Chokecherry Festival.
The race will feature a 5K run-walk, a one-mile fun run and the 10K run for the serious runners. The 10K run starts at the Fish Hatchery and is run on a downhill course, which should allow the serious runners to have their best times of the season. The run-walk is a great way for families to start the festive day, enjoy some exercise and to experience a great Montana event.
In the 5K run-walk, there is a separate category for all youth 12 and under. Their race will be held with the regular 5K race, but the youth category will not have a separate walk or a separate run division.
A new feature for the one-mile fun run is that medals will be awarded to each of the first three finishers, male and female, in the 60-and-over age group. In the past, only the finishers ages 18 and under were recognized.
The 5K run, 5K walk and one-mile race will again start at the city park (Frank Day Park) and follow the same routes as in the past years. The 5K wanders up Castle Butte Road, turns on Roundhouse Road, and turns onto the Berg trails at the top of Brewery Flats, turns left on Ash Street and then 6th Avenue, and back to the park. The 10K starts at the State Fish Hatchery about six miles south of Lewistown and will follow the Upper Spring Creek Road north into town. This year, the trails will not be used for the 10K. The finish is at Frank Day Park. The 5K and 10K competitions will both start at 9 a.m., and the one-mile will begin around 10:15 a.m. Central Montana Shuttle and the Rotary Club will provide some rides to the starting line of the 10K. Runners need to be at the park before 8:15 a.m., and, in general, it is a good idea to make sure one has a ride available. All types of runners and walkers, from young to old, are encouraged to participate.
The overall female and male winners of the 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk will receive Chamber Bucks for their efforts. As in past years, each winner, male and female, of each of the adult 5K and 10K races, will receive a plaque and $25 in Chamber Bucks to be spent right here in Lewistown.
The first male and first female finisher 18 years of age or younger will also receive a plague and Chamber Bucks for the one mile. The next two male and female finishers in the one-mile will receive medals.
The Chokecherry Run has many or more age group divisions as most races in the state. The reason is to attract and reward lots of participants. All finishers of the one-mile race will receive a participant medal.
Last year there were over 300 participants in the 5K and 10K run. The weather is always a determining factor in the registration. With all of the runners and walkers in Central Montana, Race Director Connie Fry is optimistic the local folks will support their run-walk. She especially encourages all of the Central Montana runners and walkers who participated in other runs to give the Chokecherry Run a try.
Anyone interested in helping at the event is urged to contact Fry at 535-5436. It takes close to 35 volunteers to make this event run smoothly.
Applications for the events can be picked up at Don’s Store, the Civic Center, CMMC Fitness Center, Fitness Central, the News-Argus, and the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration can also be done online at runsignup.com/Race/MT/Lewistown/Chokecherry Run.
Any questions about the races can be directed to Fry at 535-5436 or at lewcham@midrivers.com.



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