Thursday, October 03, 2013

Youth Organized 5K Run Oct. 12 to Support Newton County 4-H Program; Registration Still Open

Contact: Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Headquartered in Newton County
Tel: (417) 455-9500

NEOSHO, Mo. – The 4-H Race of Revolution 5K Walk/Run will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Neosho Freeman YMCA in Neosho. According to organizers, all proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run will benefit the Newton County 4-H youth program.

Registration for children 7 and under is free, youth ages 8-18 is $10, and adults ages 19 and over is $25. Crowder College students receive a student price of $10, and two mile fun runners will receive a $5 discount. The youth price and student price remains the same whether you are participating in the 5k or the fun run.

Registration forms can be obtained from online at or by calling (417) 455-9500.  Completed forms and checks can be mailed back to Newton County Extension Smith Hall 601 Laclede, Neosho, Mo. 64850.

Registration the morning of the race will began at 8 a.m. in the Crowder College campus parking lot directly to the south of the YMCA. Race packets and t-shirts may be picked up in the YMCA parking lot at the conclusion of the race.

There will be divisions for youth 7 and under, 8-12, 13-18, and adults by 10 year age divisions starting at 19+. Awards will be given to first, second and third place person in each category, and to the overall youth male/female and adult male/female. All youth ages 7 and under will receive a participation ribbon.

“This year’s 5k will also include a two mile fun run. It is intended to promote 4-H by encouraging youth to participate while raising funds for the 4-H council,” said Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Awards will be given in all categories, and all runners/walkers will receive a t-shirt, and there will be a water and food station at the conclusion of the race.

“Registration will be accepted on the day of the race with the original registration fee; however, t-shirts will be an additional fee and will have to be picked up at the extension office at a later date,” said Elliott-Engel.

Revolution of Responsibility, the name sake of the race, is a national 4-H movement to showcase leadership and responsibility of 4-H youth across the country.

This race has been created, planned and implemented by the Newton County 4-H Teen Council.  Madelaine Giebler, a member of the Busy Beavers 4-H Club and daughter of Jason and Sarah Giebler, is the race coordinator.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The program is designed to help to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. There are opportunities for adults to volunteer and for parents to be involved with their children at all levels of the 4-H program.

For information on enrolling with an existing club or starting a new 4-H club, contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Velynda Cameron in Greene County at (417) 862-9284; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or Angelia Ham in Polk County at (417) 326-4916.


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