Waterfest 5K Race Report

Congratulations to all the runners who braved the steep slope of Siloam Mountain to cross the finish line at the Waterfest 5K race. This was the most difficult 5K in the Northland, but the weather cooperated beautifully to make this unique event a big success. The wooded trail was gorgeous, the trolley shuttle was fun, and everyone enjoyed themselves. We hope you also had fun at the festival with all the booths, entertainment, activities and food.

Thanks to your participation, and the support of our generous sponsors, the Waterfest 5k raised $1,000 for the Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation.

Anytime Fitness was our major sponsor, and the key to making this a successful fundraiser. We so appreciate the commitment and support of Mark Harmon and Anytime Fitness to create and nurture this event for the community. Red Cross Pharmacy was also a significant sponsor, and owner Matt Hartwig even raced with us. Other sponsors included the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, 102.7 FM The Hog Radio, Daylight Donuts, Hibbett Sports, Up and Running, iXL Elite Hydration and Road ID.

Photos of the race are posted on our website. (Please keep in mind that we didn’t have a professional photographer, just a guy with a camera!)

We had 34 participants, and since all of the costs of the event were subsidized by our sponsors, 100 percent of the registration fees will be donated to the Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation.

Nicholas Sloop (21:41) and Stacy Scheer (23:53), the first place overall male and female finishers, each received a gift card to Up and Running running store in Kearney, a pair of Royals tickets and a three-month membership to Anytime Fitness.

Each of the age group winners (male and female) received a three-month membership to Anytime Fitness. Age group winners, along with all of the finishing times, are posted at Patriots Run, which provided the chip-timing for the race.

Every participant received an event medal and a shirt. We had a raffle drawing for a pair of Royals tickets, several caps and water bottles from Hibbett Sports, and Road ID identification bracelets ($15 value).

There were 16 volunteers (11 adults and five children), including Gary Renne, our shuttle driver, who did a great job. We also had great support from the parks department, the police department, and the fire department.

We’re already looking forward to next year!


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