Registration is now open for the inaugural Ninja 5K race coming to Oak Ridge on June 28. Organizers said the race was created to raise funds for our local Graduation Celebration event, while also supporting the Wounded Warriors Project.
The Ninja 5K is a 3.1-mile race and walk that is planned for the Horizon Center in west Oak Ridge. The race course is very flat and accessible for all ages and abilities, a press release said. The race will be timed, but both runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.
“Martial arts groups will be on hand doing demonstrations, and everyone is encouraged to dress up ninja-style for the event,” a release stated. “Events like this one are sweeping the country because people are looking for something fun to do as a family. We hope to see the whole family dressed out in martial arts uniforms, or as Ninja Turtles, Karate Kid, Kung Fu Panda, etc.”
While dressing up isn’t required to participate, awards will be given to runners with the best costumes. Foam swords, rubber stars, headbands, and more will be sold on site to help ninjas complete their ensemble. Real weapons are not allowed on site.
Power Systems, Tiger Claw, ORNL FCU, and the Oak Ridge Rowing Association have all signed on as event sponsors, but more sponsors are needed in a variety of areas. Contact us for more information about how your company can get involved at [email protected].
To register for the race, visit www.ninja5k.com.
The early-bird price is $20 for youth and $30 for adults. Pre-registered race participants get an event T-shirt and all youth participants will receive recognition for participating. Awards will be given to the faster-than-lightning Top 3 runners for both men and women. All participants will also be given access to our environmentally friendly virtual goodie bag as well, the press release said.