Romp in the Park early Saturday
by Ben Draper
Itâ€™s been a cool summerâ€”not ideal for backyard swimmers, but great for summer running.
The 11th annual Romp in the Park will likely feature cool temperatures for a second-straight year, with a high temperature only projected to reach 75 degrees.
The annual event, which takes place during the Maple Park Fun Fest on Saturday, Sept. 5, features two races.
At 8 a.m., the 5K kicks off at the corner of Washington and Kane streets. Last yearâ€™s 5K winner was Scott Peterson with a time of 19:46.
The 5K features seven age groups: under 15, 15-18, 19-25, 26-35, 36-50, 51-60, and 61 and over.
The two-mile walk/run gets going right after the 5K, at 8:10 a.m.
The two-mile walk/run has four age groups: under 14, under 30, under 60, and 60 and over.
The 5K entry fee is $10, or $13 on race day. The 2-mile walk/run is $7, or $10 on race day.
Race-day signup runs from 7 to 7:50 a.m.
The first 100 registrants will get a free Romp in the Park T-shirt. All participants receive a ribbon.
For more information on the event or to register, visit www.villageofmaplepark.com/romp_ in_the_park.pdf. A signature from a parent or guardian is needed for anyone under 18.