Rat Race & Cheese Chase

ARTHUR CHEESE FESTIVAL

RAT RACE

5K & 10K Run – 1 Mile Fun Run

5K Pat Wood Memorial Recreational Walk

Cheese Chasers Kiddies Fun Run

sponsored by Arthur Woman’s Club

Monday, September 1, 2014

ARTHUR’S ANNUAL RAT RACE 5K & 10K RUNS BENEFITS STUDENTS OF THE NEW LARGER SCHOOL DISTRICT

IT’S BACK!!! The Arthur Cheese Festival’s Rat Race 5K & 10K runs are taking place again on Labor Day Monday, September 1st, 2014. As in the past, proceeds from this annual race organized by the Arthur Woman’s Club will be used to fund educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors. That means seniors in the new high school district, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, will all benefit from this race and can apply for scholarships in the spring. There will be eight $500 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors and continuing education candidates.

The 5K and 10K runs are the featured races for this day, but the Rat Race will still also consist of a 1 Mile Fun Run, the 5K Pat Wood Recreational Walk, and our favorite Cheese Chaser Kids Run.

The morning schedule starts with the 1 Mile Fun Run at 7:15am. 10K and 5K runners begin their race at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K Pat Wood Recreational Walkers following. Rounding out the schedule is the popular “Cheese Chasers” which younger children ages 4 – 8 can participate in at approximately 9:00 a.m.

Both the 10K and 5K runs have 13 different age divisions with cash prizes for the overall fastest male and female runners in each run. There are also 1st, 2nd, and 3d place medals for the top three finishers in each age division of the 10k & 5K.  For the first 40 runners in the 1 Mile Fun Run there will be awarded participation medals. Awards will take place at approximately 9:15 am at the stage area close to the end of the race. There will also be food and drinks for all the racers and walkers located in this same general area.  For more information about entry fees, age categories, and awards go to www.arthurcheesefestival.com to download a form or register online. Registration forms can also be picked up Delbert’s Clothing or Dicks Pharmacy in Arthur.

The early entry fee for the 10K an 5K run is $20 if registered before August 22nd. Registration fees after that day up to the day of the race will be $25. On-line registration will only be accepted until August 26th. There will be registration accepted on race day. That same day registration will start at 6:00 am and will be located in the parking lot of the Arthur Welcome Center, 106 E. Progress, in downtown Arthur. NEW this year will be an optional early packet pick-up for pre-registered runners only, available Sunday, August 31st at the Welcome Center from 4:00-5:30 pm.

And remember, we haven’t forgotten the youngest runners out there. Young children from the suggested ages of 4 – 9 can participate in the “Cheese Chase”. This event is completely free for kids to enter and features a 2-block race with special hosts Artie Mouse and Miss Slice leading the way. Kid’s will also receive a goody bag and medal at the end of the race. Upon request, your child can purchase a special edition T-shirt in youth sizes for this children’s race for just $8. The shirt design this year is by Chloe Alexander from Arthur.

Sharon Daily, Arthur Woman’s Club president and one of the Rat Race coordinators, commented “What other race keeps you healthy and rewards you with cheese just for participating? Only the Rat Race! Families can come together to walk or run and after the race enjoy the festival. There will be craft vendors, cheese games, lots of entertainment and a wide variety of food. Something for everyone in the family to enjoy!”

Entry fee:  $20 on or before Aug 22, 2014  Late registration:  $25

Checks Payable to:
Arthur Women’s Club
Registration:
Early Registration is recommended.
Race day registration will start at
6:00 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run – 7:15 a.m.
5k/10K Race Starts at approx. 7:30 a.m.
5K Rec Walk – 7:45 a.m.
Kiddie Fun Run – Approx 9:30 a.m.

 Age divisions:
10 and under
11-14
15-19  40-44
20-24  45-49
25-29  50-54
30-34  55-59
35-39  60-64
65+
Awards:
Cash prizes and trophies to top male and Female run finisher.
Medals to 3 place run finishers.
T-Shirts to all participants.  Food and drinks at finish line.

Print and Mail Form                                               On-Line Registration

Registration and check-in is at the Welcome Center at the north end of the downtown business area (106 E. Progress).

Cash prizes and trophies to the top Male and Female Finishers in the 5K and 10K Runs.  Medals to top 3 places in each age division.
Food & Drinks at finish line.

Race Times:
1 Mile Fun Run – 7:15 am
5K & 10K Run – 7:30 am
5K Recreational Walk – 7:45 am
Kiddie Fun Run –approx. 9:30 am

Event T-shirts and free cheese guaranteed to preregistered 5K &10K runners. Additional shirts are available but supplies are limited. Awards will be presented at approximately 9:45 am at the stage by the corner gazebo. Race will take place rain or shine. Official results will be available at ArthurCheeseFestival.com. Thank you for your donation!

For further information:
Linda Ingles
517 S. Vine St.
Arthur, IL 61911
llingles@consolidated.net
Festival Notes: Arthur is located in central Illinois, 10 miles west of I-57 exit #203  on Rt. 133 in the heart of the Illinois Amish settlement.
Register at the visitors center  at the north end of the downtown business area.
After the run you may want to visit the many craft and food vendors lining the streets or explore the surrounding countryside and view the many farms and businesses of the Amish community.