By Mrs. Jennifer Bacchus (AMC)March 23, 2017
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The depot's Making Tracks 5K race has, once again, been designated a Grand Prix race for the Anniston Runners Club.
WHAT IS A GRAND PRIX RACE?
Grand Prix races are area races which members of the running club have designated as their top races.
According to Robert Powers, president of the ARC, members are asked to vote on their favorite races of the year based on the amenities of the race, its impact to the community, what the course is like and a variety of other criteria.
"If they have a good time at the race and if it's a challenging course, that will get votes for the race," said Powers.
These votes are tallied and the Grand Prix races for the next year are chosen during an annual dinner for members.
During that same dinner, the Grand Prix awards for the current year are given out.
"A lot of people try to do all the Grand Prix races," said Powers, explaining that, since awards are presented based on points earned for placing in a race, the more races a member runs, the greater the chance of earning an award at the end of the year.
Powers said he has run the Making Tracks 5K several times.
"I'd call it a fast course," he said. "It's pretty fast until right at the end."
2017 MAKING TRACKS DETAILS
This year, the race is held April 22 and runners will step off at 8 a.m.
As in past years, there will be awards presented for the top three finishers overall as well as awards for the top three in each age group for men and women.
Cost to pre-register for the race is $20 and pre-registration is open until April 12.
There are discounts available for members of the military, students and members of the Anniston Runners Club.
FOR THE KIDS
For those who want to get their children involved, a one-mile fun run will be held following completion of the 5K race.
Additionally, inflatable bounce houses will be available for children to play on at the Physical Fitness Center.
The depot is seeking volunteers who want to assist the day of the race.
Volunteers should contact Amanda Mullinax at 256-235-7445 or Gerrad Slaton at 256-235-6385 to volunteer.