Rockford River Run now reporting to warm-up area

The starting line is abuzz with anticipation as the runners say their prayers and take their marks. (Photo courtesy of Rockford River Run)

For more than 10 years, the River Run has been a part of the Rockford River Days annual tradition. This year is no exception, but something new has been added to the August 12, 2017 race. The River Run coordinators are happy to announce that the Rockford River Run has added a USATF certified 10K option.

The River Run has grown considerably in the past two years, and the goal is to nearly double the participants to over 200. In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the River Run event offers a kids’ fun run 1K (slightly more than .50 mile) that is free, and includes a t-shirt given to each 1K finisher while supplies last.

Net proceeds from the Rockford River Run benefit Rockford’s Cross County and Track & Field teams. The 5K and 10K races start at 8:00 a.m. The 1K fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. Packet pick up begins at 7:00 a.m. at Riverside Park on race morning.

The Rockford River Run is a friendly race that welcomes the casual runner (or walker) as well as the competitive racer. It is a great course to choose for your first or fastest 5K or 10K. The River Run follows the slightly rolling River Road (County Road 20) in Rockford for 1.55 or 3.1 miles then returns on the same road back to the park.

Numerous individuals and families return to the River Run each year. Most notably is Kirt Goetzke from the USATF team Run & Fun. In 2016, Kirt was third overall and won the Masters division with a time of 19:44.3 in the 5K race. Co-race director Jim Clark believes that Kirt holds the 5K course record of 17:35 when he won the race in 2010. The 2017 overall winner was 20 year old Lukas Patrizio from Port Chester, NY with a time of 17:48.7. The overall women’s winner was Rockford track and cross country athlete Grace Clark with a time of 20:37.9.

Pre-registration is a good idea, as each pre-registered race participant will receive a Rockford River Run t-shirt, official chip timed results, plus a variety of free items from our sponsors. Regardless of registration, gift certificates from TC Running Company will be given to male and female Overall, Masters, and Age Group winners.

One of the things that makes this event such a success is its sponsors. This year’s sponsors (to date) include LeAnn Sather of ReMax Consultants, Total Strength Fitness, Full Stride Tax Services, Brenner Family Dental, BankWest, Dimension Wellness, Corcoran Crossroads Marketplace, SIVO Insights, Hanson Auto, Rockford Veterinary, Farmers/Modrow Insurance Agency, and the Derrick Monroe Group.

Co-race director Colleen Prudhomme understands how important the sponsors are: “We are so grateful to our sponsors for the support they have shown our community and our kids. Without them, the race would not be the big success we know it will be this year.”

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Longtime River Run champ Kirt Goetzke is believed to hold the race record with a time of 17:35. (Photo courtesy of Rockford River Run) The 2016 River Run female champion was Rockford’s own Grace Clarke, crossing the finish line at 20:37.9. (Photo courtesy of Rockford River Run) Last year’s overall first place finisher was Portchester, New York’s Lukas Patrizio with a 17:48.7 finish. (Photo courtesy of Rockford River Run)
Last year’s overall first place finisher was Portchester, New York’s Lukas Patrizio with a 17:48.7 finish. (Photo courtesy of Rockford River Run)