The race begins at 9:25 p.m. There will also be a kids 1K fun run at 9 p.m.
All proceeds go to support the cross country program, which has runners in grades 6-12. Coaches John Tarr, Scott Przystas, Shannon Mitchell and Mark Salik organize the race to raise funds for equipment and for student-athletes in need of financial assistance. Last year’s race attracted 200 runners and the race has had as many as 350 runners in the past.
The race is run at dusk on beautifully lit scenic trails. The course covers a variety of terrain including sand, groomed trails, gravel and grassy knolls, and consists of scenic winding paths and spectacular rolling hills. Past participants have raved about the beautiful setting, the challenging course and the unique atmosphere of running at night in the illuminated forest.
The cost of the run is $30, with a family rate of $80 for up to four, and an extra $20 for each additional family member. Team rates are $15 per runner, for groupings of five. Race day registration is from 6-8:30 p.m.
This year, the race is sponsored by the Lake Welding Welding Supply Co., Ottawa County Parks, Gazelle Sports of Holland, D&W Fresh Market, Meijer, Scholten Fant Attorneys, Shoreline Sport and Spine, Lange’s Sports Connection, Clarke Animal Hospital, ASC, The Thomas Family, Advanced Molding Supply and Runners Edge.
Tarr also wanted to make sure to thank several community members.
“We are grateful that a great deal of former Buc runners and business people in the community support us like veterinarian Dr. Steve Harden and Dr. Linette Harden, attorney Todd Anthes, and business owner Todd Lange,” Tarr said.