|Runners take off from the starting line at
last year’s RUNorwalk 8K event. This year’s
event is Saturday, May 12, starting at the Norwalk
High School. For more information, visit www.norwalkchamber.org.
Spring is here and summer is close behind,
which means more and more running and biking
events across the metro. But not all of the
events have been around for more than a decade,
which is the case with the upcoming RUNorwalk
event on Saturday, May 12.
“The chamber created the event 12 years ago
as a way to bring the community together,” said
Deb Mineart, executive director for the Norwalk
Chamber of Commerce. “At that time we were still
growing and wanted to connect the city, so they
thought a run would be the best idea.”
The race not only helps the chamber, but a portion
of the proceeds goes to locals in need.
“We always put some of the proceeds back into
the community,” Mineart said. “Along with donating
some of the proceeds, we also put it towards
some scholarships we offer for seniors.”
This year the race will benefit the Norwalk
“We knew it was in need of inventory, and we
thought it would be a great way to spread awareness,”
she said. “We’ll also be having a canned food
drive and encourage every one to bring a nonperishable
The event has always featured an 8K run, but
this year they’ll be offering a 5K run/walk.
Also new this year is a health and wellness
“We wanted to offer something else to encourage
more people to run or walk for fun if they couldn’t
handle the 8K,” Mineart said. “We added the
health and wellness expo to encourage more people
to come out and cheer on the participants. It
will have a bounce house for the kids and lots
of different health and wellness vendors.”
Participants can preregister — $20 (ages 5-11)
and $30 (ages 12-65) — through the chamber website
or getmeregistered.com. Register the day of
the event from 7 to 8 a.m. at the high school.
Race packets will be available on Friday, May
12 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Norwalk Chamber
“Well be giving away cash prizes and medals
to the top three finishers in the male and female
divisions in the 8K,” Mineart said.
Mineart said runners of all skill levels will
“We had around 200 people last year, and we’re
hoping for the same numbers or more this year,”
she said. “We have lots of local runners, but
also people from all over the state participating.
I even had a 78-year-old man register a few
Although there are numerous road races throughout
the metro, Mineart says there are a few reasons
that make RUNorwalk special.
“For the more professional runners, this is
a great way to train and work on improving their
time before the bigger races like Dam to Dam
and the Des Moines Marathon. And I’ve heard
from runners that this is kind of a tough course
with lots of little hills and it can be challenging,”
she said. “We encourage everyone to come out
and get some exercise while enjoying a family-friendly
event. Not only are you supporting a great cause,
but it’s a great way to see the city of Norwalk.”