Adams County 5K Challenge continues

Staff Writer

    The 2017 Adams County 5K Run/Walk Challenge offers participants an opportunity to participate in a total of 12 races within Adams County. Participants must complete a minimum of eight of the 12 events to qualify for the series. Runners and walkers will receive seven points for their participation in each of the events as well as points based upon their finish in one of eight age groups. The challenge awards will be presented following the post-race festivities during the final race at Rainbow Lake on Nov. 25. The first 50 adult participants to register for the series challenge will receive a participant gift at the Rainbow Lake 5K.
    Registration forms are available on the Adams County 5K Run/Walk Challenge website at The series fee covers registration to all events. Runners entering the challenge will automatically be pre-registered for all races in the series schedule. The cost to register for the series is $160 with a t-shirt at each race, and $120 without a shirt. Participants who sign up for the series with a shirt will save $80, while those who choose the no shirt option will save $120 off the full price of all 12 races. Students age 18 and younger may register for the series for $120 with a t-shirt for each race, and $80 without a shirt.
    Registration forms may be submitted to Jeannie Smith, 7257N 100E, Decatur, IN 46733.
    Participation is open to anyone wanting to compete and is not limited to residents living in Adams County. The challenge is limited to the first 100 entries. Runners/walkers who do not pre-register for the series may still participate by signing up for individual events but will not receive the series discount. Individual event registration forms and information may also be found the Adams County 5K Run/Walk Challenge website.
    The next race scheduled in the challenge series is the Run Over Violence 5K Run/Walk April 29 at Adams Memorial Hospital. For more information contact Angie Gunsett at 728-9800.

Below is the 2017 Race Series Schedule:
    • Run Over Violence 5K Run/Walk – April 29 – 9 a.m. – Adams Memorial Hospital, Decatur. Contact: Angie Gunsett 728-9800;
    • CG Sports – Run With Endurance 5K Run/Walk – May 13 – 9 a.m. – Common Ground Church 6555 N. Piqua Road, Decatur. Contact: Tim Powell 241-4875;
    • Monroe Lions Club 5K Run/Walk – June 3 – 8:15 a.m. – East side of Adams Central H.S., Monroe. Contact: Al Arnold 692-6610;
    • Hope Run for Haiti 5K Run/Walk – June 10, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. Amishville, 844E 900S, Geneva; Contact: Deb Gerber 849-3622;
    • Swiss Days Race 44th annual – July 29 – 8:15 a.m. – Jefferson Street, Berne. Contact: CeAnn Weaver 589-2151;
    • North Adams 5K Run/Walk Wellness Challenge –  Aug. 5 – 8:15 a.m. –Bellmont High School, 1000 N. Adams Drive, Decatur. Contact: Jeannie Smith 724-7121 ext 4;
    • Adams Memorial Hospital/Kekionga Greenway Gallop 5K – Aug. 19 –6:30 p.m. – Riverside Center, Decatur. Contact: Linda Morris 724-2604;
    • Catch Your Breath 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1 Mile – Sept. 9 – 9 a.m. – River Greenway trailhead at Evergreen, Decatur. Contact Alexa Melcher 724-2145 ext. 11036;
    • St. Joe HASA Fun Run –Oct. 14 – Fun Run 9 a.m. – 5K at 10 a.m. K of C Hall, 1703 High Street, Decatur. Contact: Brian Baker 724-2765;
    • Callithumpian Canter 5K & 1 mile Fun Run – Oct. 29 – Fun Run at 1:30 p.m., 5K at 2 p.m. BHS, 1000 N. Adams Drive, Decatur. Contact: Linda Morris 724-2604;
    • Rainbow Lake 5K — Nov. 25 – 10 a.m. – Limberlost Cabin, U.S. 27 Geneva. Contact: Clint Anderson 589-2101.