Riverwalk Run 5K Raises Money for Youth Sports

Louis Cooper
As hundreds of runners take to the streets for the Riverwalk Run 5K, they will be helping scores of children participate in team sports for months to come.The 6th annual Riverwalk Run 5K is set for the evening of Oct. 4 in downtown Milton. Registration starts at $15.“The run benefits the youth sports programs at the Milton Community Center. It allows us to sponsor kids on sports teams including baseball, basketball, cheerleading and football,” said Katie Nichols, events coordinator for the Milton Parks and Recreation Department.“The proceeds also allow us to maintain our sports equipment and keep our registration fees to a minimum,” she said. “Proceeds from the 5K also allow us to continue to provide free, family-friendly events for the local community.”

Last year, the run drew about 750 participants and raised about $10,000.

The 5K traverses downtown Milton, including sections of the Blackwater River State Heritage Trail and the Riverwalk, which fronts the Blackwater River. And unlike most runs, the event begins at 5 p.m.

“We wanted to have a unique start time to set us apart from the traditional 5K,” Nichols said. “Also, it allows people who have already participated in a morning 5K to participate in our 5K as well.”

When the run wraps up, the city is throwing a special “after party” for the runners and the rest of town: a one-time revival of the popular summer concert series, Bands on the Blackwater.  The  CrossTown Band is playing at Riverwalk Park at 5:30 p.m.

“Many people were saddened when four of the Bands on the Blackwater concerts were cancelled due to weather this summer,” Nichols said. “So, we thought this would be a great opportunity to surprise the community with one of the bands that was rained out.”

This year, Bands on the Blackwater started in May and was supposed to conclude by the end of June, however it was extended until Aug. 8 because of popular demand.

Nichols said the run is still in need of volunteers.

“Many of our sports teams volunteer, as well as local high school students,” she said. “We can always use more volunteers. Volunteers do everything from manning a water-station, to helping with registration, to helping set up the course.”

Runners this year will have the opportunity to win some cash for themselves or their schools.

“The school with the highest participation of teachers, faculty and students will receive $250,” Nichols said.  “Also, one random, lucky participant will win $250! And, we are giving away $250 to the male and female participants who set new course records.”

Registration is only available online at www.runsignup.com through Sept. 26. No paper forms will be accepted. Please do not mail-in registration or payment. After Sept. 26, those wanting to sign up must register at:

  • Academy Sports & Outdoors, Pensacola, Sept. 29, 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Anytime Fitness, Milton, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Milton Community Center on Oct. 2, 3 to 5 p.m.

Pre-registration is $15 without a T-shirt and $20 with a T-shirt. Race day registration will be held at the Riverwalk pavilion from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Cost is $25 and T-shirts are not guaranteed.

If you go:

  • Event: Riverwalk Run 5K and After Party Bands on the Blackwater
  • When: Oct. 4, 5 p.m. (run) and 5:30 p.m.  (after party)
  • Where: Riverwalk, South Willing Street, Downtown Milton.
  • Cost:  Pre-registration for the run is $15 without a T-shirt and $20 with. Race Day registration is $25. After Party concert is free.
  • For more information: Go to www.RiverwalkRun5K.com.


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