DAVENPORT — A friendly competition between churches will be offered this year as part of the annual Run for Renewal.
The April 16 run/walk is sponsored by Project Renewal and proceeds benefit the youth programs offered by the organization, said Ann Schwickerath, program director. Project Renewal provides educational and recreational activities in a safe and loving environment year-round for children from low-income families. Schwickerath said staff and volunteers are positive role models for children and reinforce values needed to live healthy and productive lives.
This year’s half-mile Kid’s Treat House Trot starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk for kids 10 and older starts at 9 a.m. Both have a start/finish line at Sister Concetta Park at the intersection of Sixth and Warren streets in Davenport.
The trot is for youths ages 9 and younger and has no registration fee. Pre-registered youth receive an event T-shirt, said Schwickerath. Parents are welcome to run with their children and strollers are allowed, she noted.
The 5K will award medals for the overall male and female winners, in addition to the male and female age groups in various categories.
A traveling church trophy competition begins this year. The person with the fastest time from all the churches represented will receive a trophy. A second trophy will go to the church with the most runners and walkers in the 5K. Both trophies have the possibility of moving to other parishes each year.
Participants should make sure to include their parish’s name on the registration form.
Cost for the 5K for an entry postmarked by April 1 is $16. Late and race day registration is $20. Youth 9 and younger run for free, but must be registered. For more information on the run/walk, contact Project Renewal at (563) 324-0800 or visit the website at www.projectrenewal.net. Registration also is available at www.getmeregistered.com.