What if I told you there was an event this weekend that features fitness, great barbecue, music and popsicles? And that EVERY penny raised would benefit the children of Blount County? Sounds unbelievable, right?
Well, believe it. The Midsummer Night’s Run, presented by Hometown Bank, is this Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Park. The event is built around a 5K run that is more than challenging enough for the serious athlete. But saying the event is just a run would be like saying that you go to the fair just to ride the ferris wheel.
There will be barbecue by Jim ‘N Nicks, popsicles from Steel City Pops, music provided by the cover band Total A$$et$ from Birmingham, and a fireworks show to end the evening at 9 p.m. All of that is available for just $10. Kids will have plenty to do with inflatables and face painting stations around the depot.There will be a 1-mile fun run, the course does not leave the park, and it’s $25 for the fun run and the food and music. For the 5K and all the food and fun, the cost is $50 per runner.
Oh, and that part about benefiting Blount County’s children?
“All the money received will be split between the Blount County Education Foundation and OFFER (Oneonta Foundation For Education Resources),” said Hometown Bank’s Angela Henderson. “When we say all the money, that’s what we mean. All the money collected is distributed back to our schools and our children. HomeTown Bank funds all expenses as our investment in our community’s young people.”
Runners have been able to register throughout the summer but registration will be taken at the event from 4:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. The course for the 5K is certified by the USATF (USA Track and Field) and will feature a safe, family-friendly route with plenty of hydration stations and encouraging volunteers.
Oh, about those volunteers. Each group – OFFER and the Blount County Education Foundation – will furnish a minimum of 50 each so these groups are working for the money.
“Both those groups will have volunteers that help throughout,” said Henderson, “plus the city of Oneonta, Oneonta Police Department, Oneonta Fire Department and Blount County Sheriff’s Department provide assistance with everything from traffic control to medical help and we simply couldn’t do it without them.”
Midsummer Night’s Run is a rain-or-shine event that will benefit the schools and the students of Blount County. Now what could be more worthy than that?