Deadline fast approaching for registration

Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 22:56 - Written by

Staff Reports

The deadline is approaching to register for the inaugural FRESH 15 race, sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Co.

The race includes a 15K (9.3 miles), a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 1K kids race. Participant can register online at www. freshbybrookshires .com/fresh-15 until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, on the morning of the race, or during packet pickup from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, according to the event’s website.

Following the race, there will be a concert at FRESH, with Texas Country artist Curtis Grimes headlining, as well as vendors and goodies.

Proceeds from the race benefit the American Heart Association and Bethesda Health Clinic.

“The FRESH 15 provides the opportunity for BGC partners and others in the community to take part in a first-class road race while encouraging fitness and good health,” Rebecca Sanders, public relations director, said via email. 

“In keeping with that theme, we wanted the race to benefit two great organizations that emphasize health and wellness and selected The American Heart Association, from the national level and Bethesda Health Clinic from the local level,” Ms. Sanders said. “These groups are actively involved in providing services, education and resources to help people maintain healthy lifestyles… and we felt that the proceeds of the FRESH might have a positive impact in people’s lives.”

Participant bag packet pick-up will be held at FRESH by Brookshire’s back patio, 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway. No packets will be mailed. Staff will disperse the packets Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.; Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on race day from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., according to the company.

Participants must present a photo ID in order to receive their packet and athlete bag, and will not be able to pick up packets on the behalf of others. All participants who pick up their packet before race day will also receive a bag of Brookshire’s-branded products.

Runners are asked to arrive early for parking. There will be limited parking near the grocery store, and volunteers will help make the process as smooth as possible. The company suggested carpooling if possible. A complete parking map is available at on the race’s website.

The race course takes runners across Old Jacksonville Highway and into neighborhoods, including Holly Tree. Runners and motorists are asked to be cautious of traffic and some roads will be closed while the race goes on, between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pace setters will be in 15k race, and both the 15k and 5k will have refreshment stands to prevent dehydration. A medical staff will be nearby in case of emergencies, according to the race website.

The company is also hosting a pre-race carb load meal Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on FRESH’s back patio. The meal includes spaghetti, grilled chicken or salmon, two sides, a drink and dessert at $15 per plate.

For more information emailFRESH15@brookshires.com or visit the event’s website.