New ending to 5:10 to Yuma
Organizers are changing the ending to the third edition of the 5:10 to Yuma race.
The 5K/10K is set for Saturday, June 15, part of the Celebrate Yuma event planned for that weekend.
The races again will begin at the intersection of S. Main St. and W. Second Ave. in downtown Yuma at 7:10 a.m.
However, the finish line and the post-race festivities have been moved to City Park, after also being downtown the past two years.
Lead organizer Alice Swanson, who founded the 5:10 to Yuma while the director of the Yuma Chamber of Commerce, said the decision to move the finish line, and the festivities that come after the race, to City Park was primarily for shade and comfort.
She noted that ending the race where it began was fun. However, there is not much for shade downtown, including the former Bank of Colorado parking lot where the pancake breakfast and beer garden were located. City Park provides shade, picnic tables and grassy areas for people to sit.
“We want people to enjoy the breakfast and hang out and listen to the music for as long as they want.”
She noted that some downtown businesses, such as Lu Ella’s, will be open offering race discounts and other specials.
The different location for the finish line will require a second timing set-up to record each participant as they cross the finish line. Only one was needed in the past since the start and the finish were at the same location.
There is a slight change to the 5K route this year. Participants will now go around Birch Circle instead of going to the end of Ash St. and crossing the grass lot to Birch.
“We felt it was safer than having participants and strollers crossing the grass lot,” Swanson said.
The 10K route will remain the same, though the City of Yuma is working on putting a dirt path at the end of the airstrip part of the course as it winds through the Yuma Municipal Airport.
“The dirt path will make it a lot easier for the 10K runners to navigate,” Swanson said.
The post-race festivities include live music by Timber Bluegrass, the same band that performed last year.
One can register online at www.510toyumarace.com. The entry fee is $23 for the 5K and $33 for the 10K. One also can register onsite the morning of the race. There are discounts for athletes age 12 and under.
The 5:10 To Yuma attracted more than 200 runners in the first two years, and the hope is it attracts even more for its third running, and continues to grow into the future.