OLCOTT – Put your running shoes on. This year’s Niagara Celtic Festival, slated for Sept. 13-14 in Krull Park, will again feature a Sunday morning 5K race, to benefit the Newfane Women’s Lacrosse Club.
The Lacrosse Club was formed in 2005 and has grown to include athletes from the Newfane, Royalton-Hartland and Wilson school districts, where women’s lacrosse isn’t offered as a varsity sport. The club is fully self-funded.
The race will begin from the north gate entrance to Krull Park, 6108 Lake Road, at 10 a.m. Sept. 14. It travels over the Route 18 bridge into downtown Olcott, through the scenic West Bluff and Lockwood Heights, past Black Willow Winery and back to the park.
All runners will receive a computerized chip for timing, and the course is a certified 5K. Awards will be given post-race for five age groups, beginning with 14 and under, then and 15-19, etc., up to 75 and over. All runners receive two Sunday passes to the Celtic Festival, and those 21 and older also receive two beer tickets.
The registration table, at the northeast end of Krull Park, will open at 8:30 a.m. All race packets must be picked up by 9:45 a.m.
Last year, more than 180 runners participated, and an even larger turnout is expected this year, as the race was added to the DiMino Lower Niagara Running Series as the ninth event. The pre-registration fee for the race is $25, which can be completed by visiting www.niagaraceltic.com (click on 5K at bottom of page under 2014 Festival). The fee is $30 the day of the race.
Laura Hambruch, coach of the women’s lacrosse club, said the team consists of girls in 7th through 12th grade, and included 23 girls last year.
“We are not affiliated with any school district, so we pay for everything – our buses, officials, balls, uniforms – even paint for the field,” she said. “We pay for everything we need to keep the team running.”