The second annual Earlsboro Fun Run/Walk 5k, a free community-wide health event, drew a large crowd of participants, last Saturday morning. The purpose of the event was to encourage families to get outside and walk together and to utilize the town’s park and walking trails.

The Earlsboro Town Council knows the value of the park and walking trails, and asked the Healthy Living Program staff to survey participants if they would use the park more with the addition of distance signage. Healthy Living Program Consultant Holly Gordon said, “I am excited to report 100% of the participants surveyed said they would use the park/trails more if there was distance signage.”

The runners and walkers began at the park, and proceeded through the town on a preset course, returning to the park with a victory lap around the track, ending at the pavilion for water, granola bars and a banana. The range of participants was wide, from first graders to senior citizens, with all of them completing the entire 5 kilometers.

“As a member of the planning committee, I want to thank the Earlsboro Police Department, the Fire Department and the Town Council for their support and participation,” said Dawn Wilson, Earlsboro resident. “The planning committee would also like to thank the participants that came out to support our movement for a healthy community, and a BIG thank you to the Healthy Living Program staff!  You guys did an awesome job!”

The 5k event remains free to participants because of the generous support of local businesses and community partners; Earlsboro Tag & Insurance Agency LLC; Pottawatomie Telephone Company; Pottawatomie Healthy Living Program; Goad & Sons Construction LLC; Tapps and Shankey’s; Earlsboro Town Council; Earlsboro Police Department and the Earlsboro Volunteer Fire Department.

“We are proud to sponsor the Earlsboro run/walk because we believe that healthy communities are strong communities,” said Jeff Mize of the Earlsboro Tag & Insurance Agency. “I am looking forward to next year’s event and how we can work together to create a healthier Earlsboro for all residents.”