JOHNSON CITY (WBNG)-- Get your running shoes ready because The Retro Run 5k is coming to the Southern Tier!
The race originally named the "Sun Run 5k" kicks off August 14 beginning at 9 a.m. at Visions Veterans Memorial Arena under it's new name "The Retro Run 5k." This race is the 3rd race of the 2020 Empire Road Race Series.
"The race is based on the Sun Run which used to be a very popular race back in the 1970s," Race Director Brittany Ryan said. "It used to attract over 1,500 participants, so we're bringing that back that's why we've called it The Retro Run sort of a throwback theme for the race."
The Retro Run is not only for competitive runners, family and friends are encouraged to walk/run along the sidewalks of the race course. Binghamton has a rich running community history and Ryan said it was only right to bring back this race.
"Our mission is to get everyone out here running, even bring new people into the running community that may not be involved already and just bring fun events to the area," Ryan said.
After the 5k, there will be a post-race celebration with a live DJ, refreshments, and prizes. Synergy Athletics is also giving away a gift certificate for the runner who is "best dressed." Be sure to use your imagination to design an ultra-groovy super retro running outfit for the race!
Net proceeds from the race will be donated to the John Dowd Memorial Scholarship Fund. Ryan tells 12 News Dowd was a prominent figure in the community, and this fund offers tuition assistance to local students.
"The scholarship raises money for financial assistance for students elementary up through high school ages that are in the catholic schools of Broome County school district."
Registration for the race is $30, and the last day to register is August 7. You can register for The Retro Run 5k by clicking here.