As temperatures cool and Garden City gears up for the weekend, a record number of runners are expected to participate in the eighth annual Leave a Legacy Foundation Spirit 5K and Legacy 10K races on Saturday.
“Our race tends to attract the first cold front of the year, it seems like, but I think it will be OK,” said Jim Deal, race director and member of the Leave a Legacy board of directors.
More than 400 people already are registered for the races, Deal said, and he expects this year’s participation to be on track to beat previous years.
All proceeds from the races will go toward the Leave a Legacy Foundation’s fight against cancer in southwest Kansas, including gifts and food to patients receiving treatment at Heartland Cancer Center, and toward St. Catherine Hospital’s membership fee into the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach arm of the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
The run, first organized in 2007 as the main fundraising event for the foundation, was inspired by Laura Kleysteuber, a 30-year-old mother of two and avid runner who died in 2006 after a six-year battle with brain cancer.
Registration for the race is $35. Teams of four or more will receive a $5 discount on registration.
Pre-registration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave. Those who preregister can pick up a runner bag and buy tickets for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii.
Last-minute registration is 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 Finnup Drive.
The races begin at 8:30 a.m. at the main entrance to Finnup Park and the zoo, at Fourth and Maple streets.
After the race, awards will be announced and free pancakes will be catered by Chris Cakes of Wichita, a pancake business.
There will be $2,500 in cash and prizes available. Overall male and female 10K winners will receive $500.
There will also be a Kids Fun Run around the zoo at 10 a.m.
A full map of the races can be found at whodoyourunfor.org/race-info.
For more information about the race, contact Deal at (620) 260-7939.
Other events this weekend include:
• The Finney County Senior Citizens Association will have its monthly covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St.
Everyone 55 and older is invited to attend. Bring a covered dish and enjoy an evening of good food, fellowship and entertainment provided by Cindy Dial.
For more information, call Barbara Jensen at (620) 272-3620.
• The First Annual Garden City Sunshine Craft Fair, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, will offer crafts, live spray-paint art by Justin Fogleman, concessions, boutique children’s clothing, candles and other locally hand-made items at The Hot Spot, 407 N. Eighth St.
• Garden City Arts will host Drop-In Art Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Families can “drop-in” at any time to work on an art project that should take around 15 to 30 minutes to complete. All ages are welcome, but children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.
• The City of Garden City and Kearny County Hospital will host a classically-trained string trio named Time for Three at 6:30 p.m. at Clifford Hope Auditorium, 1412 N. Main St.
The concert will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health.
Tickets are available at Patrick Dugan’s Coffeehouse and Staples in Garden City, or at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, for $10 per person.
• The Finney County Historical Society will hold its annual picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday in the grandstand meeting room at the Finney County Fairgrounds, with a program focusing on the last major flood to strike Finney County.
Reservations for the picnic closed Wednesday. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.