Polar Run to raise funds for Reach of Washington County
Often times, organized runs take place in the spring through autumn months. Participants cross the finish line and cool off with water, an electrolyte drink or an ice-cold chocolate milk.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, Family Recreation Park near Boonsboro will switch up the scene a bit with a Polar Run, serving hot chocolate and hot apple cider to registrants after the race. There will be a bonfire to warm attendees, as well as free marshmallows for roasting at the fire.
Family Recreation Park Manager Michael Corbin said organizers “just came up” with the idea to do the 5K family fun run/walk.
“It’s cold out, you know, and we thought, we should do a run. We’ve had runs at the park before, and we thought it would be a good idea to have this when nothing else is really going on in the running community,” Corbin said.
Promotional materials for the run advise participants to arrive by 10:30 a.m., to take cash for post-race food and drinks, and to dress in layers. Despite the name Polar Run, the forecast early in the week predicted temperatures of nearly 55 degrees on race day. More than 50 people already were registered.
A portion of proceeds from the Polar Run will benefit Reach of Washington County, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that assists homeless adults and other individuals facing crisis.
Reach Executive Director Jodie Ostoich said Reach and Family Recreation Park have a long-standing relationship, with the recreation park hosting running events to benefit the organization in the past.
“They also participate in our annual fundraiser, Taste of the Town, through their catering business, Black Rock Catering,” Ostoich said. “To them, I’m sure it seemed a natural fit to partner with Reach, since they’ve been a partner for a long time. We really appreciate that.”
Family Recreation is not only hosting the event, but it is offering two hours of free access to go-kart rides, mini-golf and batting cages to race registrants following the run.
“They have been amazing to us,” Ostoich said. “This was their idea and they literally did it all. I have to tell you, that’s a blessing. As a nonprofit, we know how much work is involved in planning events like this and that is something that is a complete blessing to us.”
Top photo: Polar Run participants line up to start the 2014 race. This year’s event is Saturday, Jan. 27, at Family Recreation Park in Boonsboro. (Photo courtesy Family Recreation Park)