From Footsteps to Fundraising
Upcoming Race for this Place event and the organization's ongoing contribution to community growth.
Although the Fourth of July will be packed with patriotic celebrations such as a parade and fireworks, one organization utilizes the holiday to give back before the festivities begin. On Thursday, July 4, the 18th Annual Race for this Place will take place in the morning hours. The proceeds from the event will go towards benefiting playground equipment for the community. Last summer, the 17th Annual Race for this Place event raised a record amount of money. The proceeds from the 2023 fun run and walk went towards an animal shelter. Each year, the Race for this Place committee designates a significant project or organization to donate the earnings from the Fourth of July race. The efforts stand as a significant contributor to the local community and its unique needs. This year, many have recognized the need for improved equipment conditions and ADA-accessible modifications to Springs Park. Just last week, it was announced that a T-Mobile Grant will now fund a large portion of the park renovations. However, more funding is always welcome, and the money earned from the Race for This Place will further influence a safer and more enjoyable park for residents and visitors alike. Specifically, Race for this Place has announced that all proceeds will go into the Springs Park Playground Equipment Fund. The Race for this Place event offers attendees three categories of running/walking distances to choose from. Individuals can choose to compete in the 10k run, the 5k run/walk, or the 1-mile walk. The race begins and ends in front of the Meagher County Courthouse and has significant signage to ensure the safety of all attendees. Early registration is offered the evening before the race, July 3rd, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. Registration and check-in on the Fourth begin promptly at 6:30 a.m., with the 10k race beginning at 7:00 a.m. and the 5k/1 mile commencing at 7:30 a.m. The cost for all participants is $30. All walkers, runners, and joggers of differing abilities are welcome at the charity event. 5k and 10k racers will receive medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There will be categories for male and female individuals in age divisions of 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Additionally, the event will have a continental breakfast and door prizes before the annual Bank of the Rockies Fourth of July Parade begins soon after the race at 11:00 a.m. The Race for this Place organization has consistently demonstrated its commitment to addressing the unique needs of the local community. The annual race not only raises significant funds but also brings the community together in a shared effort to improve local amenities. As the 18th Annual Race for this Place approaches, its role as a key contributor to community development remains evident, highlighting the organization's lasting impact on White Sulphur Springs. Photo via White Sulphur Springs Race for this Place Facebook.