By Valerie Werkmeister
For the fourth year in a row, North Posey High School history teacher and coach, Brandon Barrett, has organized the Valhalla 5K, a 3.1 mile run/walk and two-mile fun walk. The event is set for Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in front of North Posey High School (NPHS). The course is set to begin on High School Road and continue onto Hunter Road then return to the school.
The race has grown in popularity and size and so have the prizes. Barrett stated a number of new sponsors have boosted the door prizes to over $500 in value. Prizes range from shoes, socks and sandals donated by Williams International Consulting, LLC, to massages donated by Bodyworks Massage Institute and Evansville Massage Specialists and nutrition items from Complete Nutrition and Accelerated Nutrition. Other door prizes have been donated from Ultimate Fit, Swift Athletics, Legends Evansville, Subway in Wadesville, Fusion Spa and Boutique, All Weather Storage, LLC, and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling.
Also new this year, Rise up and Run Productions will do chip timing for the event.
Check-in time is from 8 – 8:45 a.m. A free kids’ dash will be held at 10 a.m. and all kids in the event will receive a participant medal.
Registration forms are available online by visiting the Valhalla 5k Run/Walk website at: valhalla5k.com, or facebook.com/Valhalla5K. Questions may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fees for adults who register before February 22 and want a shirt are $15. After that date, the price increases to $20. Students in K-12 will only pay $10. A shirt choice of cotton or tech style, is guaranteed to those who enter by February 22. All fees are non-refundable.
The overall male and female 5K run and 5K walk winners will receive an award. The top two runners in male and female age groups will also win an award. The top five competitive walkers will receive an award. All race results will be posted at valhalla5k.com. You must be present to win door prizes and awards.
Course records were set last year by Hunter Motz who completed the run in 16:08; Angela Reckelhoff who finished with a time of 20:23 and Shirley Fearheiley who finished the walk in 18:50.
Age groups are listed as follows: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.
All proceeds will benefit the NPHS athletic department.
By Valerie Werkmeister