Proceeds raised by this event will go to the Rich Sprow Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Take M-99 south out of Hillsdale just past the Fair Grounds and make a left on Steamburg Rd. Take the next left on Griswold St. and then a right on Water Works Ave. to the entrance of Waterworks Park. Follow Water Works Ave. past Water Works Park and the public boat launch. The next right is Owen Park where the races and fun will begin.
The 5K course is not the same course used in other area races. It will use paved roads as well as a beautiful paved bike path. It will begin and finish at Owen Memorial Park on Baw Beese Lake. Participants will receive a free event t-shirt with their registration (t-shirts will not be guaranteed to those who register after June 1st due to ordering lead time)
The 10K will follow most of the 5K course and then break out into country roads and a gravel portion of the bike path along the lake. Participants will receive a free event t-shirt with their registration (t-shirts will not be guaranteed to those who register after June 1st due to ordering lead time)
800m Kids Fun Run
The 800m distance was chosen because it was Rich Sprow's favorite race. The Fun Run will be held at Owen Memorial Park and will be open to children 12 years old and younger. There will be fun prizes for the kids based on their age groups.
This race is dedicated to the memory of a dearly loved friend to many people, Richard Lee Sprow. Rich was known for his contagious smile, unmistakable laugh, and his tremendous zest for life. Adventure, friendship and the great outdoors were just a few of this former Eagle Scout's passions. High School allowed for Rich to make many fond memories on the track with his beloved classmates. Why "The Kick" ? This is a reference to the manner in which Rich was known for his ability to find another "gear" at the end of a race where he could run down or pull away from opposing competitors. His "kick" was legendary and everyone loved to watch as Rich executed his race day game plan. Aside from being a fabulous runner and excellent woodworker, Rich made a career as a Paramedic and was a volunteer fire fighter. He also hiked the Appalachian Trail. Known as "Blind Owl" he forged friendships everywhere he went. Unfortunately Rich was diagnosed with bone cancer and although he fought the disease with grit and determination, he succumbed to it at the age of twenty-three, on January 12, 1998. As Rich's spirit lives on through all those who knew him, you are invited to join in this celebration in memory of Rich's life and participate in either the 5K or 10 K race on June 30, 2012 in Hillsdale MI. Just save a burst of energy for the end of the race and KICK your way across the finish line in style!
This event has been viewed 689 times
Created on: 4-25-12 9:45:41