Oberlin Mile to benefit school athletics

By Angie Baldelomar

The Oberlin Mile will take place on the Fourth of July for the third year in a row.

This year marks the first time the race is being organized solely by the Soles on the Sappa, an Oberlin running group. The initiative was started two years ago by Michael Conner, who then handed it off to the Oberlin-based group.

“We’re building on what he did,” said Amanda Sowers, this year’s race director.

The mile, as the previous two years, will raise money for school athletic departments. Every student who signs up, either for the competitive race or the fun event, will put their school name down, and then based on the percentages of participants from each school, the total money will be divided accordingly.

“For a small entry fee, you can get a lot of money back for your school program,” she said.

Mrs. Sowers said the top three winners for each age division in every category will get trophies and medals.

“Chances are you’re gonna get a prize,” she said. “We want to encourage people to sign up.”

Like last year, she said, the overall first-place finishers in the men’s and women’s will get the yellow jersey.

Mrs. Sowers said that none of this would be possible without the sponsors. They cover all the event’s costs so the total entry fees can go to schools.

One of her goals for this race is to have more participants on the competitive side, she said, and especially having more kids participating.

“It’s a short enough distance to hopefully get lots of people involved, especially our youth,” she said.

For competitive runners signing up before Friday, the entry fee is $25, and after that date $30. For family fun runners and walkers signing up before Friday, the entry fee is $15, and after that $20. All participants also get a T-shirt when they register.

Her main goal, she added, is to get more kids involved in the race.

“It’s all about accomplishing something you didn’t think you could do,” she said. “Your reward is knowing you could do it.”

This story was published on page 3 of the print edition of The Oberlin Herald on June 22, 2016.


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