The Tug Valley Road Runners Club is hosting its annual Bill Smith Memorial Bulldog 5K and 1 Mile Walk on August 31st. This event is just the first in the club’s “The Fastest, the Dirtiest, and the Oldest” race series consisting of this race, the Coal Dust run on September 14th, and the Frank O’Brien Memorial 8K and 2 Mile Walk.
Honoring A Local Legend
Smith was a longtime coach at Burch high school. He and the Burch Lady Bulldogs earned the title of Class A champions in 1990, Burch’s only girls state title, and state runner-up in 1991. He also helped assistant coach the boys' basketball team during their championship seasons of 1989, 1991, and 1993. Smith’s time coaching at Burch high school left a lasting mark on the area, and after his passing in 2014, this race became the community’s way of honoring his
Wanting To Run? Here’s How.
Runners will meet at Delbarton Town Square at 8 a.m. on the morning of August 31st. Runners can choose to register online beforehand or on race day for a bit of an extra cost.
Online registration is open now and will close at noon on August 30th. This online pre-registration is $20, with $5 off for those 14 and under. If you are wanting to register online, you can go here! Race day registration will be at the Delbarton Town Square Gazebo in Downtown Delbarton from 6 a.m to 7:45 a.m. Race day registration is $25 for adults and $20 for kids. After completing the race, runners will receive a shirt and finisher medal, and age awards will be handed out.
More To Run
This is just the first race in the Tug Valley Road Runners Club’s 2nd annual “The Fastest, The Dirtiest, and The Oldest” race series. This race is labeled as “The Fastest”; the Coal Dust Run is listed as “The Dirtiest”, and the Frank O’Brien Memorial race is labeled as “The Oldest”. If you are going to do all three of the races, then the $15 series fee is also due on August 31st. You can also prepay for the entire series, or pay for each race individually. Those who complete the entire series of races will receive an additional series medal and t-shirt.
For more information on the Bill Smith Memorial Bulldog 5K and 1 Mile Walk or if you’re interested in learning more about the entire race series, keep a check on the Tug Valley Road Runners Club Facebook page!
We look forward to seeing you at this awesome event to honor a community legend!