Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Delano Park 12-Hour Run Attracts Athletes from Across the United States

The River City Runners Club will host the eighth annual Delano Park 12-Hour Run on March 8, 2014 at Delano Park. Registration is open and entries received to date represent eight states as far north as Maryland and westward to California.

The race consists of multiple laps of a USATF-certified one-mile path through Delano Park. Participants can compete as individuals or as part of relay teams with the goal to complete as many laps as possible within the 12-hour time limit.

The event will kickoff at 6 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. On line registration is available at www.ultrasignup.com, keyword Delano or race forms are available by contacting jklca5@att.net. Packet pickup, late registration and a pasta dinner is set for Friday, March 7th from 5:30 to 7p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 801 Jackson Street.

Along with the 12-hour run, there will be a 50-mile race for those interested in running for a set distance as opposed to a set time. Walkers are also welcome to compete. Each participant will receive a personalized plaque, a race t-shirt, and other race goodies. In the 12-Hour Run, awards will be given based on highest mileage to the top 3 places overall, masters winner, and grandmasters winner for both genders. Relay awards based on mileage will be given to the top team. In the 50-mile, awards based on time will be presented to the first male and female individuals. The number of entries will be limited to 200 total including relay teams.

The race began in 2007 with just 27 runners. Unfavorable weather conditions, from thunderstorms and hail to snow and ice, have not slowed the pace. Last year the event attracted 139 runners from across the United States.

Delano Park is located at 825 Gordon Drive Southeast in Decatur. Net proceeds from the race benefit the Centers for Developmentally Disabled - North Central Alabama. For more information, visit, www.ultrasignup.com,  www.facebook.com/delano12, or call/email Jon Elmore at 256.351.7426 or jklca5@att.net

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