Runners keen on chasing chiggers will have until November 14 to register online.
This will mark the annual charity run’s 23rd year. Runners can choose between the holiday one mile run, the 5K and the five mile run, while younger runners can participate in children’s events. The event will start at 4 p.m. on November 17 at Ardmore Regional Park. Citizens Bank Vice President Nancy Sjulin said roughly 300 runners have already signed up to participate.
“This is a unique race,” Sjulin said. “We have the kids’ race that starts at 4 p.m., we have the quarter mile and the half mile.”
Sjulin said she’s hoping for a turnout of around 600 or 700.
“Of course, the weather has a lot to do with that,” Sjulin said.
The race is growing in other ways. This year, the chase raised $25,000, a record number. Proceeds go to the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma and the Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department every year.
“We’ve had a lot of board members reach out, the Family Shelter also reached out,” Sjulin said. “We also had a couple of corporations go up a sponsorship level.”
Sjulin said a growing number of girls from Girls on the Run, an after-school program, will participate as well.
“This year, they have 160 girls and a running buddy comes with each of them,” Sjulin said.
While Charlie Chigger is present and accounted for, the organizers are still looking for someone to play Speedy the Chigger. Registering ahead of time ensures participants get shirts, which will be ordered this week.
“My hope is that I’d love to give everybody a t-shirt,” Sjulin said.
Onsite late registration will be available from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the day of the race. Registration costs vary by race and can be found at http://www.chiggerchase.net/, along with online registration.
“We’re almost done,” Sjulin said. “We have three sponsorships that are out. Now, we just continue to pray for good weather.”