MIDLAND (WJRT) (05/16/18)--The Greater Midland Community Center is in full stride, preparing for this weekend's Dow RunWalk event.
"It's our 33rd annual. We're looking forward to something for everybody in the family," said Greater Midland Community Center Athletic Director Jenny Roan.
The sweat actually begins to fall tonight with the ten week training program wrapping up.
"They come out, last run right before the big race. They have dinner and celebrate their accomplishments," said Vice President of Operations Kevin Heye.
More than 3,000 runners are registered for the Dow RunWalk. The race committee is scrambling to find enough volunteers.
"We need about 300 volunteers to make this race happen, so we're looking for people to help out at the end and hand out awards or out on the course handing out water," said Heye.
The Expo opens Friday, with five races planned for Saturday on a revamped course that's being called flat and fast. The half marathon, 5 and 10k run and walks, 1 mile race and toddler trot will all begin and end at the Community and Curling Centers.
"What's unique is that It's really a neighborhood race. We run right through the straights, we run by peoples friends, neighbors family, over by the country club," said Heye.
Festivities are planned at the finish line as well, with music and other entertainment.
"We have obstacle courses, bounces houses, family activities, face painting, and bubble balls to roll around in," said Roan.
Activities surrounding Saturday's Dow RunWalk are only the beginning of the kickoff to a summer filled with races, all part of the "Be Greater Race Series."
"Next is our Tri Kids Try in July, we have our Run the River in August, and our Kids Adventure Race in August. A great way to be active and be healthy and get your summer started in great way," said Roan.