Runners are getting ready for the Half Hastings races this Saturday.

The event will include a half marathon, 5k and kids obstacle run.

The half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. at Hastings Middle School and will end on the 50-yard line at Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field. The course will be the same as last year, hitting most of Hastings’ parks, from Brickyard to Heartwell.

Buses will be available to drive runners back from Lloyd Wilson Field to Hastings Middle School.

The 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m. to the west of Lloyd Wilson Field and will go around the Hastings College area before also ending on the 50-yard line.

Racers in both races will receive a medal, along with a breakfast burrito and food at the end.

The kid’s obstacle race starts at 9:30 a.m. on the practice field east of Lloyd Wilson Field. Kids can register the day of the event but Mike Florek, race organizer, suggests signing up early. The course, which is designed for ages 3-8, includes a balance board and hay bail climb.

“It’s very simple. It’s geared for kids,” Florek said.

Awards will be at 10:15 a.m.

New this year will be two teams of Ainsley’s Angels. The teams of three to four will push a teenager with special needs through the race in an adult stroller.

Also new will be four cheer stations along the track, provided by Hastings Public Library, Adams Central cheerleaders, St. Cecilia cheerleaders and Silver Lake cheerleaders.

Florek said this year’s 5k is the biggest yet, with over 185 people participating and over 135 running the half marathon. Thirteen states also be represented, reaching from Alaska to Virginia.

First Street Brewing will provide a free beer to race participants that are at least 21 years old.

Florek said volunteers are needed to help direct runners. He encouraged spectators to cheer on the participants.

The whole event is sponsored by Mary Lanning Healthcare and Bank of Doniphan sponsors the half marathon. TLC Pet Care sponsors photos and Pediatric Dental Specialists sponsors the kid’s obstacle race.

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