Camo 5K will benefit Wounded Warriors ProjectBy Stephen Dawkins Published 9:12am Thursday, September 19, 2013
Organized runs have grown in popularity in Chilton County in recent years, but a 5K scheduled for next month will still surely be unique.
Participants in the Camo 5K on Oct. 12 are encouraged to wear camouflage during the race, and the runner deemed to have the best camo get-up will receive a prize.
The race will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following Sept. 11, 2001.
Run organizer Katie Hilyer said she had long wanted to host a 5K and found Wounded Warrior Project while researching potential beneficiaries.
“It just kind of all fell in place,” said Hilyer, a Clanton native . “I think it’s one of the best non-profit organizations you can find.
“We have a lot of veterans in Clanton, and I think it’s something people there are passionate about.”
The race will begin at 7 a.m. at Clanton City Park, 510 Park Drive, in Clanton. The route will include parts of Highway 145, or Lay Dam Road, Highway 31 and nearby residential areas.
To register, visit Active.com or email Hilyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants can also register the day of the event.
Participation in the 5K will cost $30, and the one-mile fun run will cost $20. The fee includes a Camo 5K T-shirt.
All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Southern Sports Group will time the event, and runners will be able to receive their time shortly after the race.
Door prizes will be given out, including a Yeti cooler. Hilyer said she is still soliciting local businesses to donate door prizes.
Runners with the fastest time in each category will receive a trophy, in addition to the prize for best camo outfit. Age groups will depend on the number of registrants.
For more information, contact Hilyer at the email address listed above or at (205) 617-2676.