There are only two 5k races scheduled for Tooele Valley this year instead of the trio of races that were held last year. Two of last year’s 5k Fourth of July races were in Grantsville — one officially sponsored by Grantsville City and the other not sponsored by the city.
Former Grantsville resident Larry Lawrence directed the Ray Barrus Memorial 5k for 17 years, but last year Grantsville City sponsored its own race in honor of Ray Barrus after requests from residents and family members that the race be a non-profit event.
Grantsville City’s Barrus Memorial Race for 2013 will start Thursday at 8 a.m. on Quirk Street near the tennis courts. Runners will head south and turn right on Durfee Street and then west to Cooley Street. Runners will move on to Plum Street where they will turn west again to West Street. Runners will travel north to Main Street, and then travel east on Main Street to Quirk Street and the finish line.
Prior to the 5k race, a 1-mile fun run will start in the same location at 7:30 a.m.
Proceeds from the race go to support cross country and track teams at Grantsville schools, plus a scholarship for a track athlete.
Tooele’s 5k Freedom Run was first organized by Tooele resident Karen Perry when she was employed by First Security Bank. Perry was a member of the Tooele Kiwanis Club when she retired in 1996 and arranged for the Kiwanis Club to be the new sponsor of the race.
Perry and Tooele Kiwanis members have run the race the past 17 years.
The 2012 race featured 357 runners, and 300 runners have already registered for this year’s race. Runners can still register up until midnight tonight at 5kfreedomrun.evenbrite.com.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we depend on this money for most of the projects we do during the year,” said Mike Fields, second vice-president of Tooele Kiwanis.
Runners will line up at 8:15 a.m. and the race will start at 8:30 a.m.
It will begin at the LDS/Mormon chapel at 777 East Skyline Drive. The course then runs west along Skyline to 7th Street, then north to 2nd South, then west to Main Street, then north to 4th North, then west to 2nd West, then turning south, until the finish-line at the corner of 2nd West and Vine Street next to the city park and Pratt Aquatic Center.