The Highland YMCA’s 39th annual 5K/10K Run will take place Sunday, Jan. 30, at Arroyo Verde Elementary School in Highland.
There will be different starting times for the race, with the chipped 10K beginning at 8 a.m. and the chipped and unchipped 5K run starting at 8:10 a.m.
The start and finish lines will be at Arroyo Verde Elementary.
Due to COVID-19, there was not an in-person race in 2021, said race director Jamila Coulson, who also is the youth and adult program director for the Highland YMCA.
“Last year, we went virtual,” Coulson said.
Tickets are less expensive if entrants sign up through Saturday, Jan. 8. The chipped races are 5K at $35 and the 10K at $40. Unchipped race is $20 per entry through Jan. 8.
On Sunday, Jan. 9, through Friday, Jan. 28, the chipped prices are $40 and $45 for 5K and 10K runs. Chipped race is $25.
The day of the race, chipped entries are $45 and $50, Coulson said. Unchipped is $30.
The run is open to all entrants, whether they want to race or walk.
“We call it a run, but people can walk,” Coulson said.
This is a community fundraiser for the Highland YMCA to provide funding for families who can’t afford to attend the YMCA.
The YMCA staff makes donations, but there are fundraising efforts as well.
Last year’s fundraising efforts provided $63,000 for families to participate in the YMCA, Coulson said.
For a family of four, including two adults and two children, it can cost $32 a month. Multiply that by 12 and the cost is $384 annually.
The route begins at Arroyo Verde, on Church Street, and heads north to Base Line. Then it heads west on Base Line to Weaver Street, then south to Greenspot Road, then back up Church Street to the school.
One of the hardest parts is the northern section of Church Street at the beginning of the race.
“I have done [the 5K] a couple of times, and it’s brutal,” Coulson said. “It’s a challenging run, but well worth it.”
Two years ago, the race attracted less than 600 entries. Coulson said the YMCA would be happy if they had 300 entries this year.
Parking will be limited in the area due to the race. Coulson said there would be parking on Love Street.
YMCA staff and volunteers will handle the race, Coulson said.
For more information, call the Highland YMCA at (909) 425-9622.