Cat Tracks slated for Aug. 10

Published 8:06 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cat Tracks becomes a larger event each year.

Cat Tracks becomes a larger event each year.

The Brandywine Foundation, along with the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, will be hosting the seventh annual Cat Tracks 5k trail run and walk event to raise funds for a new press box for Brandywine High School’s athletic complex.

The event will be held Aug. 10.

In the seven years that Cat Tracks event has been held it has raised about $21,000 for the school and has seen consistent growth in its year-to-year participation.

What sets the Cat Tracks 5k apart from other local 5k races is the challenge that the race’s terrain presents. The race starts at Brandywine and goes along the school’s cross-country trails and down to the soft-grounded area known affectionately as “the swamp.” From there, runners and walkers will trek across a few farmlands and eventually make their way back to the high school, where the race will conclude on the Bobcat’s track.

The event also allows its racers to log their miles on, a countywide initiative to promote health, nutrition and activity to citizens of Berrien to help reduce obesity and chronic illness.

Those looking to register for the race can head over Nile-Buchanan YMCA. The entry fee varies: It is $15 until July 26 and $20 afterwards. The fee to sign-up on race day will be $25.

Entry forms with checks payable to “Cat Tracks 5k” can be mailed to 905 N. Front St. in Niles. Call (269) 684-6123 with questions.

The event is slated to kick-off at 9 a.m. at Brandywine.