IRHS to open cross-country trail to public for March 29 5K
As noted among the Henlopen Conference, Indian River High School is home to one of the nicest and most scenic trails around. So the course was the natural venue to pick when the cross-country team and boosters President Robert Daisey began planning a fundraising effort. They’ll open the course up to the public for a 5K Run Walk on Saturday, March 29.
“Our course is imbedded in a nature area,” noted Daisey. “We are very fortunate to have a cross-country course like a trail run.”
Daisey said IRHS cross-country head coach Frank Ryman is one of the main factors behind the impressive course’s upkeep, and he went on to explain that the team hopes that the inaugural 5K event will become a staple for raising much-needed funds for the team.
Two of the major items that the team is in need of are a portable time clock for more accurate timed runs and a tent for the team to bring with them to designate their area at meets.
“[The money will be] going toward some needs of the cross-country team. One, of course, is a time clock with the true timing,” Daisey stated, explaining that the team currently uses a less accurate handheld clock. “[We’ve] never had a time clock. A portable unit would be a great benefit. We’re also working toward buying a team tent. Other schools have those, as well,” he added, pointing to Lake Forest, Caesar Rodney and Cape Henlopen as some of the schools that already have those kinds of amenities.
The event, run by Tim Bamforth of Seashore Striders, will be broken down into age groups, with multiple chances to win — including a master’s champion, male and female overall winners, and eight age-group awards for the top three finishers in each age range.
The team is hoping to not only see support from other Indian River sports programs that don’t have other obligations that day but from the entire community and outside communities, as well. They’re reaching out to other schools in Sussex County and Kent County, and to nearby schools in Maryland, such as Stephen Decatur.
Daisey went on to note that organizers are encouraging those who don’t wish to run the course but who want to support the cross-country team to walk the course instead.
“The neatness about the course is the nature of it,” he explained. “It opens itself up to a quality walk, instead of just walking around the track.”
Pre-registration for the run is currently open online at www.seashorestriders.com, but participants need to register before Thursday, March 20, to be guaranteed an event T-shirt.
Online registration and the opportunity to receive a $5 registration discount will close on Thursday, March 27. Race-day registration will be held between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on March 29 and will cost $25. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments and an awards ceremony.