SJO 5k to have new route


The SJO5K has a new route to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The race, which kicks off Saturday at 7:30 a.m., now starts and finishes
on Third Street near the St. Joseph Township Library.
The SJO5K is an annual running and walking fundraising event that supports
the St. Joseph Middle School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls and
boys cross country  and track teams.
SJO5K Board member Tammie Mabry said the fact that the race focus on
student-athletes is what makes it unique.
“The race date is chosen around their season so that they can
participate,” she said. “It’s a pre-kickoff to cross country. It’s for a
great cause.”
Board member Val Smith agreed.
“It was started and continues to be run to help raise funds for the cross
country and track teams at both the middle school and high school levels,”
she said. “And it is more than just the parents of the athletes, it is a
community effort.”
The proceeds from the 5k have helped pay for uniforms, warm-ups, travel
expenses and helped with costs incurred during the season. 
The race, which usually has hundreds of participants, encourages community
involvement with community members volunteering and participating on race
“There are so many different faces and everyone seems to have a good time
no matter what their role might be.” Mabry said.
“I love watching the finish line, too. The look of accomplishment no
matter their level of participation is inspiring.”
Runners can still register for the race by attending packet pick up or
registering the morning of the race.
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