Huntsville Indepentence Day
5K and Kids Run
Below are some links for Runners:
Race date: Tuesday July 4th 2017
Race start times:
7:00 AM 5K
7:40 AM Kids Run
Pre-registration entry fee:
Online registration fee is $2.50 per registrant and is included in the price listed below:
Youth: $20.00 Ages 7 to 15
Kids Run: $10.00 Ages 12 and under
For Pre-Registration click here…
Pre-registration closes June 26th and entry fees go up to: $35.00/$30.00.
Registrations the day of the event will be limited (cut off registration time 6:40 am) !
Breakfast IS included in the entry fee of the 5K registrants, (but not the Kids Run registrants) !
Packet pick up will be available :
Tuesday : July 3rd, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Huntsville Library —
131 S. 7400 E.
Packets will also be available the morning of the race beginning at 6:00 am.
Race packet contain:
Timing chip etc…
Tee shirts are not guaranteed on registrations after June 16th.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? Yes. You will be asked to show a Photo ID or your printed ticket in order to pick up your runner packet. Ages 3+ will be allowed to participate.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? There is ample parking at the church parking lot and around the perimeter of Huntsville Park except the cordoned off area on the North side of the park. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and the roads surrounding the park and church will be blocked off. If you need to get your car out you will have to get it out of these areas before 9:30 a.m.
What can/can’t I bring to the event? Any pets you bring to the event must be leashed and with you at ALL times and are NOT permitted within the park boundaries.
Is my registration/ticket transferable? You may transfer your registration to another participant before the 26th of June. After which, you may not get the correct sized race shirt and may not get a shirt at all.
Can I update my registration information? registration updates can be done by sending an email to the event organizer.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You will be processed quicker to pick up your runner pack if you have a printed ticket to show.
Please submit the form below to VOLUNTEER to help out – indicate “Fun Run” in third box: Volunteers are needed to help with the 10K, 5K and 1 mile races. This event has a huge draw and is very exciting to be a part of. We need people who are willing to put in about 2-4 hours each week until the 4th of July and then be available on the morning of the 4th to help with the starting/finish line aspects of the races.
Things to Know Before Running Your First 5K
When you first start running, it’s easy to get excited about the thought of completing a race, such as 5K. But you may have some questions or concerns before you get started. Here some things to consider before taking on your first 5K:
1. You don’t have to run 5K (3.1 miles) before the actual race.
Many beginner runners assume that they need to run at least the race distance or beyond to be ready for the race. To be physically prepared for the race, you don’t have to run 3.1 miles before race day. If you can run or run/walk for 30 minutes, you should be able to safely and comfortably complete a 5K.
2. You should practice running outside.
It’s fine to do some of your training on the treadmill, but make sure that you also do some runs outside. You use different muscles when you run outdoors so, if you run exclusively on a treadmill running, you may have a hard time adjusting to a different surface during the race. While there are some benefits of treadmill running, doing some of your miles outside will help get you more physically and mentally prepared for the race.
3. You don’t need to carbo-load for a 5K.
Some people hear about runners eating lots of carbs before a big race and they think it applies before running any race. You really only need extra carbs if you’re running a longer distance race such as a half or full marathon. If you’re running a 5K, you don’t need to load up on carbs the day before the race. Just eat what you would normally eat the day before the race, but try to avoid foods fatty or greasy foods that might lead to gastrointestinal issues.
The morning of the race, you don’t want to stuff yourself, but you also don’t want to have a totally empty stomach. It’s not a good idea to eat immediately before running because it may lead to cramping or side stitches. Skipping breakfast altogether may cause you to run out of energy. Your best bet is to eat a snack or light meal about 90 minutes before the race starts.
Try to eat something that’s high in carbohydrates and lower in fat, fiber, and protein. Some examples of good pre-5K fuel include: a bagel with peanut butter; turkey and cheese on whole wheat bread; a banana and an energy bar; or a bowl of cold cereal with a cup of milk.
4. Your race number goes on the front of your shirt.
Before the race, you’ll pick up your race packet, which will include your race number (also called a race bib), race T-shirt, and possibly some other race swag. When you put on your race number, make sure you put it on the front of your shirt, not the back. You can use safety pins on all four corners of the bib to keep it in place. It’s important to wear your bib to let race officials know you’re part of the race. Also, if there are official race photographers on the course, they’ll use your bib number to identify your race photos. So make sure your number is clearly visible when you see photographers on the course and especially at the finish line. If there’s a B-Tag timing device on the back of your race bib, make sure it’s not bent or covered with clothing or a running belt.