Series set to pace state park
Shannon Trail Series hosts 5K and 12K
The San Angelo Road Lizards Running Club will continue their annual Trail Series with the second race on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the San Angelo State Park Chapparral Pavilion.
"San Angelo has several different events open to the whole community, and it is fun to take a break from school and attend," freshman Anabel Ramirez said.
The Shannon Trail Series is a fundraiser for the Road Lizards, which will help to pay for other events throughout the year.
"Every year we do a series event. We have a 10K, 12K and 15K and within each of those events there is a 5K as well," Adam Parker, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Vice President of the San Angelo Road Lizards club, said. "It is really a fundraiser for ourselves so we can purchase equipment we use for events such as bibs, T-shirts, medals, timers and the finish line shoot," Parker said.
The racing events are not meant to be competitive, and everyone is welcome to participate, Parker said.
"I don't enjoy running, but this trail series race is laid back in a sense that I don't have to force myself to run," Ramirez said. "I can just enjoy my time at the event and not worry about finishing at a certain time."
Currently, the Road Lizards are looking to purchase a Chip Timing System which will help to make scoring easier, Parker said.
"Individual race participants would have radio frequency ID tags that turn on a timer so they know when they cross the start and finish line," Parker said. "It is all computer-controlled, so instead of going back and scoring by hand, it is all done electronically. It is a fairly long term goal for us to raise the money and purchase one of those systems."
This year, Shannon Medical Center is the title sponsor for the event and it helps to get their name on the title of the race, Parker said.
"It is a way to put their name out there but they are also helping us sponsor this event," Parker said.
Volunteers are always welcomed to help with preparation for the race as well as during the race, Parker said.
"During the races we need people to help set up food stations, handle liability waivers, pass out T-shirts and race bibs, etc.," Parker said. "We also need help scoring. If there are student organizations that want to get involved, they can contact me at email@example.com. Anyone from the general public is welcome."
Participants are able to register the day of the event, although online registration is preferred, Parker said.
"The Road Lizards are benefiting from these events because people are supporting the club as a whole so the club can hold similar events in the future," Parker said.
The next big event the Road Lizards are holding is the Crazy Desert Trail Run, and it is the second year the event has been held, Parker said.
"This race is a half-marathon, marathon and 50K," Parker said. "The proceeds will benefit one of the local non-profit organizations in town."
There are two or three events scheduled every month, and in addition to the trail series fundraiser, there is one more event solely to raise money for the Road Lizards Running Club.
"Everyone is [at the races] as a supportive community of runners as opposed to just being really hard-core competitive," Parker said. "It is a nice environment to be in. A lot of people are afraid that it is a race and they thing they are not fast enough. People come to every event and walk. I encourage anyone to come out and enjoy meeting new people and have fun."
For more information about the race and upcoming events, check out www.roadlizards.org.
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