Runners should have an extra spring in their step as organizers kick off the warm-weather season with The Dam Run on Saturday.
The run is for all ages, levels and abilities from casual joggers to competitive runners, and will start at the pullout on Highway 22 A across from “Fergie’sWay” memorial.
“It appeals really to anybody,” said organizer Gerald Klassen. “There’s a 5k and 10k run. The 5k anybody can do that one, they can even walk it if they want.”
Runners will be divided into categories and there is even a special category for Baby Joggers or parents with toddlers and a running carriage.
There is also the Kootenay 10K Championships for those who want to push for a personal best.
“If you want to go out for a time, say if you want to have a really fast run, it’s a perfect course to do it on because it’s basically out and back, but it’s flat.”
A rare commodity in the East and West Kootenays, especially with the precise distances and official times registered by timekeepers Klassen and Heather Johnson.
The relatively low-impact course will cede some good times and act as a tune up for upcoming events such as the Silver City Days fun run, Blooms Day run or various triathlons.
This is the second year for the Dam Run, and after a solid turnout last year, organizers are hoping for more.
It’s a great time of year to shake off the winter blahs and renew a healthy relationship with running, suggested Klassen, “It should be a lot of fun.”
Registration is free but the non-profit event encourages donations to help offset costs of amenities, refreshments and prizes that will be enjoyed following the event.
Runners can sign up at Gerick Cycle Sport Center or at the race start at 9:30 a.m. The Dam Run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.