A team of mimes poses for a picture at a previous year s Funky 5K. The Funky 5K will be hosted by Arts-Kids for the fifth year on Monday, Sept. 1. (Park
A team of mimes poses for a picture at a previous year s Funky 5K. The Funky 5K will be hosted by Arts-Kids for the fifth year on Monday, Sept. 1. (Park Record File Photo)

Whether you're a serious runner, someone who just wants to have fun while running for a good cause or someone who wants to support runners and get Miner's Day off to an early start, the Funky 5K has something for you.

The race, which will benefit Arts-Kids for the fifth year, follows an out-and-back path on the paved Rail Trail. Awards and prizes will be handed out immediately following the race so runners can go enjoy other Miner's Day activities in Park City.

Arts-Kids founder and director Pat Sanger said registration for next week's race has been slow so far, but she's hoping for a late push as the weather clears up.

"I think registration is a little low," she said. "Maybe that's because the weather has been bad lately. But it's supposed to be good on Monday, I think."

As of Tuesday morning, the forecast for Monday called for partly cloudy skies, a high of 70 degrees and only a 10-percent chance of precipitation, according to weather.com.

Current registration costs are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 18. Race organizers are hoping for a big turnout this year.

"The reduced prices are up until Sunday night," Sanger said. "We've had 150-200 runners in the past. We would like to get it up to 300 if we could."

Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome, Sanger said. Costumes are welcome, too, she added.

"Ed Knapp, who is our race director, is quite a runner," she said. "So we have it chip-timed and carefully measured so it's a full 5K.


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Serious runners can participate and not wear costumes, but costumes are encouraged if that's what you want to do.

"A lot of parents and kids run together. It's really what you want to make of it. The only thing we ask is no dogs."

The race is low-impact, Sanger said, so it won't hamper travelers or locals much at all.

"The city likes that because there are no concerns for traffic," she said.

And Arts-Kids enjoys the event because, while it's not a major fundraiser, it helps the group gain exposure.

"It's more of a PR event," Sanger said. "We make a little bit of a profit, thanks to Keller Williams, who's becoming an ongoing sponsor, so that's helping."

Sanger believes the 8 a.m. race can be mutually beneficial to Arts-Kids and other local groups like the Rotary Club.

"I feel like if we can really promote the Running of the Balls and selling the balls while people are gathered for the race, it's a mutual benefit," she said. "That raises money for the Rotary Club, a group that gives out money to local nonprofits. That includes us."

And it helps the city draw tourists, too.

"The Chamber [of Commerce] and the city want Miner's Day activities that will draw people up from Salt Lake for the whole day," Sanger said. "It's fun for us to be a part of the festivities and to encourage people to go to the [pancake] breakfast before the parade."

Arts-Kids is a nonprofit that helps kids avoid negative influences in their lives by giving them creative outlets, Sanger said.

"We are an after-school program in Summit County and a few schools in Wasatch County," she said. "We use arts and group dynamics to build community. The kids are introduced to a professional artist and we use all the arts, not just visual art.

"It helps them to find positive ways of self-expression, as well as how to communicate through art and think creatively."

So, Sanger said, head out to the Rail Trail on Monday morning before the rest of the Miner's Day activities start to participate in the race or cheer on runners and help a local nonprofit.

"It will support a great organization that's helping kids in the community," she said. "It's a fun way to start the day and get going to enjoy the rest of the day's festivities."

Monday's race begins at 8 a.m. For more information on the Funky 5K, email race director Ed Knapp at runskiride@gmail.com . Register for the race at http://funky5k.athlete360.com .