First Annual Mission Hills 5k Scheduled to Take Place on March 19

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

The first annual Mission Hills 5k is scheduled to take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 19. Promising fun for the whole family, this fun run/walk will wind through the scenic, historic neighborhoods of Mission Hills, beginning and ending at Grant K-8 (1425 Washington Place). Runners of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register at www.missionhills5k.com.

According to event organizers, the Mission Hills 5k is designed to bring the local community together in achieving a healthy, fun-filled goal: reaching the finish line. All proceeds from the event will help fund science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) programs at Grant K-8.

The idea for the event was conceived last year by a small group of Mission Hills residents and Grant K-8 parents who were inspired by other school-led community events. After months of meeting with city event planners as well as administrative leaders at Grant K-8, and sharing event information at Mission Hills Town Council, Mission Hills Town Hall and Mission Hills BID meetings, the Mission Hills 5k came to life and has received positive response to-date from the local community.

“The Mission Hills 5k is meant to be a celebration of our beautiful neighborhood,” says Kristin Boyd, a member of the Grant School Community Foundation and one of the event organizers. Other Mission Hills 5k committee members include Mission Hills residents Lauri Brennan, Patrice Shumaker, Katy Pinon, Steve Boyd and Jennifer Benson.

Kristin notes that close attention has been given in particular to creating the route for this annual event. Event organizers are continuing to work hand-in-hand with city event planners to ensure maximum accessibility for residents, visitors and emergency responders. Single lanes only will be closed, barricades will ensure a clear map route and trained personnel will be available throughout the route to direct race participants and traffic. The final, approved route is nearing completion and is included in the visual map included with this announcement.

Throughout the vast majority of the route, only half the streets will be used. This allows maximum accessibility to and from Mission Hills, and also allows vehicles to park on one side of the road. The organizers have coordinated complete closure for the start on Washington Place and Randolph Street; and full closure for the business portion of Lewis Street.

Since Hawk Street is used for the beginning of the race, it will open fully soon after the start. At 6:30 am, Washington Place will be closed. At 7:30 am, all other half streets/streets of the route will be closed.

Traffic controllers will be strategically positioned throughout the route, and the supervisor of traffic control will be on site as well.

Businesses and residents who have questions can solicit questions and comments to info@missionhills5k.com.

The entry fee is $25/adult and $15/child before March 11, which includes a Mission Hills 5k t-shirt. After March 11, the price rises to $35/adult and $25/child. Same-day race registration will be available, but t-shirts will not be guaranteed after March 11. To register individually or form a team (or join a team that has already been created), log on to www.missionhills5k.com.

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