Lace up those running shoes!

It’s not too late to register for the Fodderstack 10K Race this Saturday (April 21) – though once the starting gun sounds at 9 a.m. on the North Hill in Flint Hill, you’re probably too late. So far, 90 females and 78 males have registered. Of those, 40 are Rappahannock residents.

Last month, we lost a dear friend and volunteer of the Fodderstack race. Howie Swaim worked registration for years before he began helping at the water station for Griffin Tavern. The picture says it all – dedication in the pouring rain! There will be recognition in memory of Howie at the after-race awards ceremony.

Several Rappahannock families – winners of the Ike and Kita Parrish Award – are returning this year: the Jeffries, the Culbertson and Fidler families; and what would the Fodderstack race be without the Parrish/Strange family? We also have new family entries this year: the Kirrs, Jones, Noccos, Kudlas, Constables and the Courtneys.

The list of sponsors also grows, and includes:

Lesley Arnold, Joyce Bolyard, Bill and Linda Dietel, Vest Excavating LLC, Donna Henrickson/Little Washington Winery, Burger’s ‘N Things, Richard and Linda Brady, John Guido, Professional Farrier, Shaw’s Services, Inc., R. H. Ballard, Thomas & Talbot Real Estate, and Rappahannock Real Estate Resources – and, of course, photographers Ann Spieker, Steve Eastham, and website designer Mike Shooton of Roxy Graphics.

Remember the race starts at 9 on the north end of Flint Hill. The awards ceremony will start at 10 in front of the courthouse on Gay Street in Washington. Drawing for some of the prizes will start at 9:45.

Please come out and cheer on your friends and family at the finish line! And Margaret, Bari and Brenda – run a little – that way you’ll get to enjoy the awards ceremony!

It’s never too late to register. Registration opens at 7:30, Saturday morning, at the Flint Hill fire hall.

– Jean Lillard

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