The Chatham Sartomer 5K and One Mile Fun Run has set the date for the next community race. The race is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. The funding raised each year supports local emergency agencies and nonprofits.
“With the arrival of the coronavirus, several local charities and schools have been unable to fundraise," Race Coordinator William Wiebking said. "Our emergency volunteers and first responders can always make use of additional funding. The ability to continue this race is important. The ability to raise funding for these entities is acute. We are looking forward to hosting the race, raising funding and injecting a little fun into 2020.”
The Chatham Sartomer Arkema 5K and One Mile Fun Run is two races during one event. The Fun Run is open for anyone and any ability. Awards are provided for them aged 12 and under.
Competitive runners consider the 5K an above average course in terms of difficulty. The route consists of asphalt and gravel with multiple inclines and straight-a-ways. It takes runners by Hargrave Military Academy and across the Chatham Hall campus. Several residential roads are also utilized. The Chatham Sartomer Arkema 5K Race course is certified to national standards.
Members of the community can participate in the event either as runners or volunteers. Starting in 2018, runners and volunteers had a vote in how some race proceeds were allocated.
The Chatham Sartomer Arkema 5K Race and One Mile Fun Run is an annual charity athletic event supporting the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department, the Chatham Rescue Squad, and local charities serving the Chatham community. With the exception of one year, the race has run continuously since 1995. Both sexes and all ages are welcome to participate, compete, and volunteer.