‘Run, play or clap your way to support the 2017 Midsummer Night’s Run’

Hamming it up at the starting line during the 2016 Midsummer Night’s Run.

Hamming it up at the starting line during the 2016 Midsummer Night’s Run.

Known as “the event that gathers the community,” this Saturday’s Midsummer Night’s Run, presented by Hometown Bank, will offer an evening of family fun, but more importantly, it will help support the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) and The Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER).

Mitchie Neel, BCEF director said, “BCEF is so honored and thrilled to be a part of A Midsummer Night’s Run, which impacts our students so much academically since the proceeds from the event are used for our students.”

Oneonta City School interim superintendent Tim Nabors said, “I am truly impressed how this event not only draws the community together and provides a great evening of family entertainment, but also benefits the kids across the county for each school system. We are truly thankful for the contribution this great event has made to OFFER. Participation in this event provides a direct impact on student achievement.”

The tables are expected to be packed again this year for Midsummer Night’s Run.

The tables are expected to be packed again this year for Midsummer Night’s Run.

This year’s Midsummer Night’s Run is sure to have something for everyone. The 5K USATF-certified run through historic Oneonta will also offer a kid’s fun run, food, a fun zone, live music, and fireworks.

Did I mention fireworks?

Attendees will be “up-close and personal” to view the “insane” firework show as the evening finale. It will be an event closer that you won’t want to miss.

Starting at 6 p.m., the 5K route will be perfect for amateur runners, as well as more experienced runners. It will offer a great combination of hills and plateaus, on primarily a smooth surface.

Angela Henderson, a Hometown Bank employee said, “The route is so much fun. As a runner, the support the community gives is so exciting. Makes 3.1 miles more enjoyable. If you have never run a 5K and are considering it, this is the run for you. The route and post party are worth the effort.”

The course, which will begin at the Oneonta City Park complex and primarily travel along Fourth Avenue before circling the historic area between First Street and Fourth Street, will have cheer squads from all local schools, three official water stations, in addition to spectators scattered out along the course.

Runners will complete the course by traveling back down Fourth Street to the finish line. Participants will be presented a timed-chip upon completion of the course. The $50 entry fee will cover all activities of the day.

Considered as a family event, A Midsummer Night’s Run will also feature a kid’s one-mile fun run that will travel around the Oneonta City Complex. This route will allow spectators to cheer on their favorite runner. The fee for the kid’s fun run is $25 and will offer each participant a medal in addition to an event entry pass.

If running is not for you, an event entry pass can be purchased for $10. This entry pass will allow each person a BBQ dinner from Jim and Nick’s, a Steel City Pops gourmet pop, the fireworks show, and fun zone access that includes inflatables, a climbing wall, and face painting.

Hometown Bank president Danny Kelly believes this event is so important for the bank to support. He said, “It is an opportunity to provide a great event for a great cause. It is over-the-top, wholesome family entertainment while raising money for our schools.”

For more information, contact Hometown Bank at 625-4434 or visit www.hometownbank.com and click on the blog tab. Registration information is also found on the website.