Bundle up your little snow kids and bring them to Katherine Rose Memorial Park on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the inaugural Snowman Run Kids’ 5k, a new addition this year’s Winter Walk.
The race is just for kids ages 6-18. Each participant will receive a long-sleeved snowman T-shirt, although runners are invited to add as many snowman accessories as they can to complete their look. Hats, scarves, corncob pipe…the only limit is your own imagination. Racers will be chipped, with prizes awarded to first, second and third places in each of three age divisions. There will be a special bonus award for best-dressed snowman.
Best of all, the race concludes with a seasonally appropriate “warm down” area complete with hot cocoa, s’mores and fire pits. It’s the perfect way to keep your family active and healthy during the cold winter months.
For everyone else, there is the annual Winter Walk event. Hundreds gather each year for the community walk that began as a celebration for the Walnut Creek Linear Trail opening and has continued as a family-friendly way for residents of all ages to come together and enjoy the fresh air and cooler temperatures of the season on a leisurely one-mile walk along the linear trails.
Registration for those participating in the Snowman Run is available online for $10 before Jan. 10 and $15 after. Winter Walk participation is free and requires no registration. However adults who would like one of the Snowman Run T-shirts may purchase one through the online registration process.
Proceeds from the Snowman Run will benefit Cook Children’s Healthcare System, a nationally-ranked, not-for-profit healthcare organization focusing on the medical needs of children. Cook’s has four urgent care and specialty clinics in Mansfield and has served as the Winter Walk title sponsor for the last four years.
To register, visit the Snowman Run page at https://raceroster.com/events/