That many people had pre-registered for the Woodstock 5K by 1 p.m. Monday, race director Dennis Dunn said. That’s more than the 1,169 runners who had signed up for the race by this time last year and just behind the 1,230 registered at this point for the 2010 race.
“I think we’re going to be above two years ago,” Dunn said of turnout for the 2012 race, noting the record participation of 1,300 runners in 2010.
“We’re going to get at least 100 registered on Friday, so we’re going to be over 1,300 this year.”
Online registration for the race closes Thursday night at 6 p.m. But those who make the last-minute decision to run in the Road Runners Club of America national 5k championship have a 10-hour window Friday to sign up in person. Registration booths will be set up at Wig’s Wheels in downtown Anniston from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Anniston High School from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
People who don’t want to run but still want to take part in what Anniston Runners Club members call a true community affair can show up to cheer runners during the race, which starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Dunn is encouraging city residents to turn out along the 3.1-mile course with drums, music and hoses to help keep race participants energized and cool.
“You can’t have too many volunteers,” Dunn said. “Our goal has always been to make this a community event and have a 5k attached to it.”
Along that same line, runners club officials have seen a lot of interest from community members who want to help with some of the preparation leading up to the Woodstock 5K, club member and former president Brooke Nelson said. On Monday, people planned to meet at the high school to stuff 1,500 packets for participants. Tonight, they will mark the course to make sure runners know where to go.
“We’ll not only paint the turns and straightaways, but we’ll hand out a flyer at every home, reminding the neighbors on the course to come out on Saturday morning, cheer the runners, put out a sprinkler to cool off the runners and/or spray the runners,” Nelson said in an email.
Those who want to participate in the race can do so online at http://www.active.com or by visiting the Anniston Runners Club website at http://www.annistonrunners.com. The club site also provides printable forms for people who would like to mail in their registration. Those forms will also be available at the registration booths Friday. Dunn advised people who want to run and receive the race T-shirt to register sooner rather than later: Officials ordered just 1,500 shirts, and there’s a chance they could run out.
“We have positioned Woodstock to be a true community happening, and so many people recognize how important it is for the area,” Nelson said. “There is definitely a huge amount of civic pride about Woodstock.”
It costs $30 per person to run the Woodstock 5K, and $15 per child participating in the “Kidstock” one-mile race. People who want to be official volunteers at the race or for the pasta dinner the night before should contact volunteer director Amie Hinton at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if anyone is interested in setting up a vendor booth at the race or at Friday registration, contact Lori Tippets at email@example.com.
Star Staff Writer Cameron Steele: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @Csteele_star.