East Hawkins parks hosting summer race program each Saturday in June

Jeff Bobo • May 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Area youths will have an opportunity to run for trophies and prizes every Saturday in June while at the same time hopefully gaining an appreciation for the public parks in east Hawkins County.

The Church Hill, Mount Carmel and Surgoinsville Joint Recreation Board is launching a new summer race program, with morning competition scheduled in each city every Saturday morning in June.

The events will take place simultaneously at Derrick Park in Church Hill, Mount Carmel City Park, and the Riverfront Park in Surgoinsville between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on June 4, 11, 18, and 25 — with running courses to be set up at each park.

To be eligible for a prize contestants must record times at each of the three parks before the end of competition on June 25.

The winners will be announced on June 25 at Derrick Park at noon.

A bicycle and trophy will be awarded to the winner in each age group for boys and girls, and second place runners will receive a trophy.

The age groups for boys and girls include 3-4, 5-7, 8-9, and 10-12.

There is also a competition for men and women over 60, with the winners receiving a trophy and a gift card.

East Hawkins Parks and Rec director Tim Wilson said in order to win a bicycle and a trophy, you must have at least one time recorded from each individual park. You’re allowed to two attempts per day at each park, and you can run one park per day, per attempt runs at multiple parks per day.

All the times are added up and the winners will have the best cumulative scores.

“They can run all three parks in one day, or they can run at one park each Saturday, as long as they get all three in during those four Saturdays in June,” Wilson said. “We’ll have some of our board members serving as race officials at each park from each city during each of the four Saturdays.”

Registration for racers will be held at each park on each day of competition.

“Our main goal is just to get kids out of the house,” Wilson said. “When the kids come, the parents come, and we hope this will improve traffic in our parks. We’ve got a lot of nice parks that not everyone takes advantage of, so we’re hoping to change that.”

For more information contact Wilson at (423) 357-7010.                             

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