As many as 200 runners, perhaps more, are expected to compete Saturday in Kenai in the LeeShore Center’s 18th annual Run For Women.
The event, which kicks off at 10 a.m., features short- and long-course runs of 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers. Competition in each is open not only to runners, but walkers and wheelchairs, as well. The event is only open to women and girls.
The run will aid in the LeeShore Center’s efforts to provide services and shelter to women and is intended to raise public awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, said center volunteer coordinator Barbara Waters.
“It lets people know about what we are about and gets people involved,” she said. “We have had great interest generated over the years as far as what the agency is about through this run.”
About 60 volunteers now assist in delivering center services, Waters said, adding there is always room for one more.
Center officials are banking on continued good weather for Saturday’s event, though they will be prepared for rain with a tent or two, just in case, Waters said.
The 5-kilometer course runs along Main Street and then to the end of North Willow Street, where runners will turn around and head back toward the start along Trading Bay Road and Main Street Loop. The longer event will head out along Main and North Willow, down Airport Way then along the Kenai Spur Highway to Highbush Lane, returning along essentially the same course to the start-finish line.
Volunteers will staff five water tables along the route. Lunch will be served at the green strip after the race.
Competitors have a shot at prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii, railroad transportation to Denali or a glacier cruise on Prince William Sound. There also will be drawings for door prizes.
Waters credited the support of many local vendors for the success and growth of the race over the years. About 200 people competed last year, and competitors from the Kenai Peninsula and other parts of the state are expected to enter.
Preregistration ends today and costs $15. Forms and bib numbers can be obtained at the Seaman Building on Frontage Road off the Kenai Spur Highway. Competitors also may register Saturday before 9 a.m. at the race start on the green strip near the softball fields at Main Street and the Spur Highway. Registration the day of the race is $20.
The LeeShore Center is at 325 S. Spruce St. in Kenai. It opened its doors in 1985 to serve women in crisis. The center has a 24-hour crisis line, which is 283-7257. For more information regarding the race, call 283-9479.
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