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Junebug Jog & Ride Celebrates 35 Years

Jun 03, 2024

Registration is still open for the Winfield community’s 35th annual Junebug Jog & Ride events on Saturday, June 8 hosted by William Newton Hospital, Winfield Recreation Commission, and Walnut Valley Outpost.

Around 250 participants of all ages join each summer for the 5k, 1-mile, and Jr. Dash, plus the 18-mile bike ride added in 2022.

“Whether you’re just getting started running or biking, or striving to take home a placer’s medal, the Junebug Jog & Ride is designed to have something for everyone,” says William Newton Hospital’s Sarah Johnson, race coordinator.

The family-friendly events begin and end near the main entrance of Winfield High School.

The 18-mile cycle with paved and gravel options begins at 7:50 a.m. The turnaround point is the historic water well at New Salem. E-bikes are allowed but are not eligible for placer medals.

The 5k begins at 8:00 a.m., and the 1-mile begins at 8:10 a.m. Race perks for the timed events include a t-shirt, race bib, and free finish line photos printed and mailed. For the event’s 35-year milestone, the Winfield Recreation Commission is giving away sunglasses to the first 200 registrants, and this year’s race shirt is a special tie-dye design.

The Jr. Junebug 100-meter dash for ages eight and under begins at 9:00 a.m. Race perks for the Jr. event include a race bib, medal, and a sweet surprise. A t-shirt can be purchased for an additional fee. This event is not timed. Kids can also enjoy a special appearance from the Midwest Moos collegiate baseball team, who help out on the course and cheer on the little ones during the dash.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the finish line. Door prize drawings for all timed events occur after the race events.

Race-day registration is welcome. Pre-register online or in person at the Winfield Recreation Commission by Friday, June 7 at noon.

Posted in In The News on Jun 03, 2024