This year our race will be on the 3rd of JULY. Please plan for the 3rd! The Vale Independence FunRun is not like most races these days. The City of Vale is Hosting this race, with the proceeds donated back to the XC Team. We start early to avoid the heat, and we always have chocolate milk at the finish line! There are lots of events going on in the park the day of the race so after you finish you can go see classic cars, eat a pancake and sausage breakfast, or go for a swim at the pool! We keep the cost low because we do it all ourselves. No fancy timing system needed, we are pretty fast with our stopwatch! The loop around town shows off some of Vale's best while being pretty shady from the trees. Best of all we cheer for every finisher no matter what your time! Come visit us and support our XC team! By doing so you are giving back to us. We use the money from this race to buy everything from sweatshirts/jackets/backpacks/even shoes! Plus the money helps to buy our athletes food on the road to-and-from our many races. Lastly, we use the race proceeds (your entry fee) to also buy apparel that goes towards spreading awareness for a charity. Last year we bought socks to support our troops (some of whom are our past team members). So Thank you for choosing to support Vale XC and our athletes!
About our course: It's flat and pretty fast. Mostly on the open roads of Vale (rarely any car interference), with a .15 mile gravel section at the end of the 5k. The 1mile is an in-town loop with a few turns. Everything is well marked with chalk and signs along with volunteers on important corners (we really don't want you to go the wrong way!). The 10K is a double loop of the 5k with water available at halfway! If it's hot already then we'll have sprinklers ready! Timing is done onsite.
Award trophies to top male and female finishers of the 5K and 10K. Gift certificates for the top 3 1mile finishers. (Trophies may not happen this year depending on pre-race donations).
Prize drawings are also done after the race for gift certificates, and other fun items! (Also depends on pre-race donations)
Cotton T-shirts are available for purchase by 1mile participants (included with 5k and 10K runners entry fee).
Got a re-union? This is a great way to have fun together (or share the pain of running- depending on how you feel about the sport).
Event details and schedule
Races start at 8:30am. All three races start at the same time so you can see what your time is on the BIG clock! There will be plenty of parking around the pool and park, but you might get there a bit early to stretch out! A map of the course is available by request and it will be posted at the pool on race day.