After three years and $60,000 raised, Warrick Trails is gearing up for its fourth Run Victoria 5K/10K.
The event starts and ends in Friedman Park before heading onto the back nine of Victoria National Golf Course. The major fundraiser for Warrick Trails has historically made a big splash after the first year kicked off the grand opening to Friedman Park.
According to board member Steve Roelle said Warrick Trails the all volunteer board has derived its success from the support of community and corporate sponsors. Thanks to the support, 100 percent or the proceeds from Run Victoria will go directly to building and maintaining Warrick Trails projects.
Warrick Trails president Courtney TenBarge said it’s that same support that has helped the organization as a whole continue to help provide safe trails across the county. Now, TenBarge said the organization has spread trails throughout the county including the Tecumseh Trails project and the effort to connect trails from Friedman Park to downtown Newburgh with trails lining Anderson Road.
“Having the community support has been instrumental,” she said. “We couldn’t do it without the community.”
Between fundraising, grants and partnerships, Roelle said the four-year-old non-profit organization has brought together more than $5 million. He said local government entities have also worked to help Warrick Trails succeed.
“I really feel that Warrick Trails is an amazing example of building infrastructure that will make our community a more desirable place to work and live for decades to come,” he said. “Volunteers, the county, the community and private industries all work together for a common goal.”
TenBarge said the community’s continual support shows that the trails are not only beneficial, but greatly desired. She said she enjoys seeing the members of the community out using the trails.
“It shows that the community does care about health,” she said. “They want a healthy, safe way to get out and get moving.”
In addition to the run/walk, Run Victoria also will feature a silent auction and snacks. TenBarge and Roelle said space is limited, but those interested in participating in the event can register online at www.runvictoria.org or check out the page and event on Facebook.