Community Ready For 14th Annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race

Runners take off during last year’s annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race. The event is again scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 5, and will consist of a 5K, 10K and Kid’s Race. Last year’s race saw close to 800 participants supporting local schools.

The 14th Annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday February 5, and, as it has been the case for the past 12 years, will begin at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at Park Square, and will consist of a chip-timed 5K, 10K and a one-mile kid’s race. 
“This will be the 14th Annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race, it includes a 5K and 10K chip-timed race as well as our traditional kids’ race,” said FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities Marketing Coordinator Lynda McMorrow. “Proceeds benefit our community schools such as Bevis Elementary, FishHawk Creek Elementary, Stowers Elementary, Randall Middle School, Barrington Middle School and Newsome High School.”
Emphasizing the event’s success and its benefit to the community over the past 13 years, McMorrow explained that last year’s race saw close to 800 participants, a number that event organizers hope to out do this year.
 “We are hoping to top that in this year’s race,” she said. “Every school received a check for $2,500 from the 2010 race proceeds, and the FishHawk Road Runners Club also received money that they put towards a scholarship fund.”
The partnership between FishHawk Ranch and the FishHawk Road Runners Club allows each of the groups to showcase what they do best.
The race planning committee consists of six people and enjoys the support of dozens of volunteers.
Race shirts are guaranteed for the first 500 adults and 100 kids registered, while race packets will be available for pick up as early as Friday, February 4, from 12 Noon–7 p.m. at the Information Center in Park Square.
While a great way to support the community and the local students the race does much more than just raise funds, which McMorrow did not hesitate to point out. 
“The race brings together local families who have made it a tradition to run in as well as seasoned runners who enjoy coming to FishHawk Ranch for the challenge each year,” McMorrow said. 
According to McMorrow, some of these well-seasoned runners include many from both near and far. “Of course, we’re always looking for new participants. Last year, there were runners from as far as Colorado, Illinois and Ohio,” McMurrow continued. 
Registration for adults is $25 in advance and $30 day-of-race, while for children is $15. Race shirts for the first 500 runners and 100 children will also be available, while all will be eligible for raffle prizes during the post race activities. Food and drink will be provided to all by race sponsors.
While the recent increase of new homes and construction in the area somewhat alters the parking options, runners and visitors can take advantage of parking available at the town center as well as the Palmetto Club and the Aquatic Club. 
To register, visit www.FishHawkRanch.com where you can register online or print out the registration form.