‘Unique’ Summer Splash 5K to benefit cancer patients

Registration now underway

5KRacelogo2015COOKEVILLE – Coming July 25, Cookeville will host a unique style 5K to benefit local cancer patients. The Summer Splash 5K will offer racers the opportunity to cool off along the course at so-called drenching and misting stations.

Volunteers at drenching stations, for example, will be prepared with buckets of water, water-guns, hoses and more. Racers who do not wish to get as wet may opt for the gentler misting stations or steer clear altogether.

“With the heat being so incredible this summer, we wanted to try something new,” Ali Bagci, race planning committee chairman, said. “We hope everyone enjoys this new kind of 5K.”

The Summer Splash 5K will include entertainment before and after the race at Dogwood Park. Bands Spoonful and Few Miles On will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m. The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. Concessions will be available at the park, and Backroom Bistro will have a food truck on site.

Proceeds from the Summer Splash 5K will benefit the Cancer Care Fund at Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation in honor and memory of Sarah Alice Bagci. The Cancer Care Fund provides assistance to local cancer patients who struggle with necessities while dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

“I am truly grateful to everyone who is participating in this race,” John Bell, executive director of CRMC’s Charitable Foundation, said. “From racers and sponsors to planning committee members. The Cancer Care Fund helps hundreds of local cancer patients every year with both critical and basic necessities, and we need events like the Summer Splash 5K to ensure that funds will continue to be available when there is need

The presenting sponsor is L.G. Puckett, DDS; drench station sponsors include Bernhardt Properties, Foothills Running Company and Dr. Spence Madell.

Registration for one runner is $25 until June 26. After, cost increases to $35. Registration for a team of four before June 26 is $80. After it is $120. Event details and a link to the Active.com race registration may be found at www.CookevilleRegionalCharity.org. For more information, call Bagci at (931) 783-5793.


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