Still time to register for Open Arms 5K

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WORTHINGTON – There is still time to sign up for the Fifth Annual Spirit Sprint 5K Run/Walk set for

Saturday, June 3 at the Worthington Town Park.

The theme this year is “Run for a Life”, and the race will feature an option to make a virtual run if participation on the day of the event is not possible.

“Participants can help support our ministry by donating a run that can be done anywhere on any day by making a $20 donation, and they will receive a race t-shirt,” said Nick Schneider, Open Arms’ Volunteer Coordinator. “We know everyone has a busy schedule and we wanted to make it possible for participation for anyone who wants to support us.”

In addition, this year in following the theme of the event, runners/walkers will be paired with the name of a group home resident or a foster child. This will enable the participants to actually run for the life of the paired individual. Each participant, when they register, will receive a biographical summary of one of the youth served by Open Arms Family and Educational Services as a personal reminder of how the money they have donated to run or walk will be used.

Early race entry fee is $15 per person with a $20 per person registration fee on the day of the race. Medals will be awarded to best overall racer, as well as the first and second place finishers in each age category for male and females. Cost of the Fun Run is $10 per person. A $10 fee for an optional t-shirt purchase will apply to both races.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the Fun Run at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk Race at 8:30 a.m.

Run/walk categories will be ages 14 and under; age 15-19; age 20-29; age 30-39; age 40-49; age 50-59; age 60-69; and age 70 and over. Fun runs will be conducted in the following age groups: age 4 and under (one-quarter mile), ages 4-6 (one-half mile); and ages 7-11 (1-mile).

A special church, organization or team competition winner will named for the group with the largest number of registered participants. Greene County Chiropractic, of Worthington, is the defending Holy Grail Trophy winner.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Greene County Hospital, White River Co-Op, McHenry Homes, Dyar Real Estate, Placed for a Purpose (Carl and Marcy Cook), Greene County Chiropractic, Marner Wood Products, Powers Orthodontics, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (Indiana Department of Correction), Poole Mill Produce, Give and Save Thrift Shop and The Original Company Radio Group.

The proceeds raised at the event will benefit the ministries operated by Open Arms for the residents of the Miriam Group Home, foster care children and the students at the Turning Point Education Center (TPEC).

Early registration can be completed at Open Arms’ website at and going to the ‘Events’ tab.