Plain City Four Mile Run/Walk changes location

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Runners line up for the 2016 Plain City 4 Mile Run/Walk.

Contributed photo | Kevin Lackey

Mark Saturday morning, Sept. 23 on your calendar for the annual Plain City Four Mile Run/Walk powered by Schrock Automotive.

The Plain City Four Mile Run/Walk is a flat four mile course that will take runners and walkers through the historic Uptown business district and the surrounding neighborhoods of the village of Plain City. The race continues to be a part of the Union County Grand Prix race series ( Falling near the end of the Grand Prix schedule, competition will be hot and heavy for those last few race points.

While many of the aspects that make this Run/Walk a return occasion for many people, this year the setup location has moved and the course will be run backwards from previous years. The course will start at Plain City Elementary School, 580 S. Chillicothe St. and run through town, ending with a trip down South Chillicothe Street before finishing back at the school.

The Four Mile begins at 8 a.m., while Kid Fun Runs start around 9 a.m. The Fun Runs are geared for those 14 years of age and under, with both a Dash and Miler. All participants will receive a Fun Run Award. “The kids have a blast running for the finish line,” says Fun Run coordinator Kim Sinkhorn. “And we encourage them to eventually try the big race.”

Potential participants can still sign up online at under their event listing or can sign up when they arrive the day of the run. The first 150 registrants will receive a race shirt while awards for top finishers and age categories will be handed out in an immediate post-race ceremony.

If you have questions about the Plain City Four Mile Run/Walk and Kid Fun Runs contact Shannon Weigand with Uptown Plain City Organization at 614-578-9726 or via e-mail at Opportunities exist for runners, walkers, sponsors and race day volunteers.

All proceeds from the Plain City Four Mile Run/Walk will contribute to the charitable efforts of the Plain City Masonic Lodge and the Uptown Plain City Organization. The Urania Lodge No. 311 of Plain City has been supporting charitable efforts in Plain City since 1859 as part of the greater Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio. The Uptown Plain City Organization is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the historic uptown Plain City business district. The organization has awarded $13,000 in grants to uptown property and business owners since 2013.

Article submitted by Julie Weaver. She is with the Uptown Plain City Organization Marketing Committee.

Runners line up for the 2016 Plain City 4 Mile Run/Walk. line up for the 2016 Plain City 4 Mile Run/Walk. Contributed photo | Kevin Lackey

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