Spring is on its way and in Barrington, that means the Nayatt 5K is just around the corner.
The 7th annual race and fund-raiser steps off on Saturday, March 23 at Nayatt School. The event includes a course through neighborhoods surrounding Nayatt School and along the banks of the Barrington River. The race is open to walkers and runners alike.
“The course is beautiful,” said race co-chairwoman Jennifer Scalia Wilbur.
The Nayatt 5K, however, is a lot more than one event. It’s an entire day of family fun to benefit the Nayatt School Parent Teacher Organization.
The Bayside YMCA will be on hand as registration kicks off at 7:15 a.m. playing music to help participants get excited as they stretch. Kids, meanwhile, have the chance to run several races of their own.
Children ages 6 to 12 can enter a one-mile race beginning at 9 a.m. while those ages 5 to 9 can run a one-third mile race beginning at 9:30 a.m. Children ages 2 to 4 can run a 50-yard dash at 9:30 a.m.
All one-third mile runners and 50-yard dash participants will receive a medal. Medals will also be awarded to the top finishers in each age group for the one-mile run and a $100 cash prize will be given to the top overall male and female 5K participants.
Friends, families and co-workers can also run as a team. The fastest team will be awarded a prize.
NBC10 chief meteorologist Mark Searles is the announcer for each event.
Youth and adult sized T-shirts will be available in race bags to participants on a first come, first serve basis.
The event will also feature a table-top fair made up of larger sponsors, which will provide food and drinks at no charge. The fair will include a raffle with items such as a Bose iPhone SoundDock.
A non-perishable food item can be traded for a free raffle ticket. All food donations will be given to Tap-In.
“It’s a wonderful Saturday morning to kick off the spring season,” Ms. Wilbur said, adding the event is focused on health, exercise, community and family.
All money raised will go towards the Nayatt PTO to help support classroom and playground equipment, physical education programs, music and language classes, book purchases and more.
Ms. Wilbur thanked Veracode, Bank Newport and RI Foot Care, Inc. for their support as this year’s top sponsors among numerous other local businesses.
“We couldn’t have the race without them,” she said.
Here’s how to sign up
Registration for the March 23 Nayatt 5K is available online at www.nayatt5k.com. Participants are encouraged to pick up their race bags on Thursday or Friday, March 21 or 22, if possible. All race details are on the website.