2018-02-08 / Scene

Sweetheart Road Race coming this weekend

FLUSHING – For the lonely hearts and the hitched alike, The Riverbend Striders Running Club is offering a bit of Valentine’s Day fun in the form of a competitive road race.

Sign-up begins at 9 a.m., Feb. 10, at Central Elementary for the Flushing Sweetheart Road Race. The race has been a part of the community for over 25 years, but Race Director Richard Wallen said this is the first year the runners will be competing; in previous years, the event was just for fun.

Wallen also designed the medallions for the race, which is 3.1 miles, and sweatshirts, boxes of chocolate will be available to participants for purchase. He said over $700 in certificates from local merchants are included in a free drawing, and the race has several Flushing sponsors, including Kathy’s Restaurant and Cops and Robbers.

All ages are welcome, but students can register for $5, and pre-registration is available at riverbendstriders.com.

“We want to encourage people to get off that porch, come out and have some fun,” said Wallen.

Wallen said the Riverbend Striders hold six races across Genesee County and three in Flushing each year. The nonprofit is promoting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed race in Flushing for March 10 called the Shillelagh Four Mile Run and Walk.

The Riverbend Striders formed in the 1970s to spread a message of health and fitness across Michigan, according to its official website. The club offers several benefits to members, including bulletins and special information regarding upcoming events and races, and runners and walkers are both welcome.

“I’ve been in the club for 30 years,” said Wallen. “All volunteers promote a healthy lifestyle for the people of Genesee County.”

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