The 11th Annual Tom Short 5K Trail Run and 1-Mile Walk has been set for August 3 and who knows what the story may be this year.
Last year, two young Mattoon runners won the overall men and women's titles. Five of the Top Ten overall finishers were from the Shelbyville cross country team that would finish 3rd in the state later in the fall, the best finish in school history.
Michael Giberson (19), former Sullivan distance runner and current distance coach at Sullivan High School finished 2nd overall. Peppered throughout the 300 runners were over 60 members of the Tom Short 2012 Training Team that takes people from the couch to the course during the summer weeks prior to the Short 5K.
The 2013 Tom Short 5K and 1-Mile Run will fire the gun at 8 a.m., Saturday, August 3 near the entrance to the Shelbyville Family Aquatic Center in the city's Forest Park.
Entry fee is $15 through July 27 and $20 thereafter. The 1-mile fun run is $5. There will short sleeve T-shirts for all who sign up by July 27th. Race day sign-ups will get shirts as available.
There will, once again, be eight different age classes in the 5K race with 30 awards given out. There will also be awards to the Top 10 fun runners.
Again, there will be free swimming for participants and their families at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Post race refreshments (popsicles, chocolates, fruit, etc.) will also be available.
Once again there will be team competition for 5 person teams. Mixed teams must be 2 males/3 females or 3 males/2 females. Individual registration is required for all members. The team roster is due on race day.
All proceeds from the event will be used to construct and maintain the oil and chip surfaced General Dacey Trail.
Online registration can be made @ www.signmeup.com/84729. On Race Day, registration is at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center 6:45-7:45 a.m.