Fun run set for Heritage Days

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff

This Saturday the Portales Main Street Organization will hold its Sixth Annual Fun Run as part of the Heritage Days celebration. The run is a fund-raiser to help the organization continue its quest in revitalizing the downtown.

The Fun Run will consist of a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer run and a 5-kilometer walk, all open to anyone who wants to register.

The races are designed so that everyone, from the young to the elderly, can be a part of the fund-raiser, according to Jeremy Strum, president of the Main Street Organization. Age classes will be specified right before the race begins. A large battery timer will be used to track each racer’s time.

“It’s more of a social thing to get people wound up for Heritage Days,” says Danny Woodward, president of the Main Street Organization board. The race isn’t a marathon; just a recreational race to enjoy and raise money, he said.

Every participant will receive a free T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to each of the top finishers, according to Strum. He said in the end the run will be a social and enjoyable event.

“We encourage parents and kids to come,” said Strum. “It starts early while it’s cooler and doesn’t last far into the high heat of the day.”

The races will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the Yam Theater on South Main Street. A route is designated for the 5- and 10-kilometer races to end back at the theater. Anyone can register at the Memorial Building, Woody’s Jewelry or at the starting line before 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

After the races are over, a strew of events for Heritage Days awaits to last all day at the Portales City park. Live music, crafts, booths and plenty of activities will be happening until 8:30 p.m.

The Portales Main Street Organization is a nonprofit group of volunteers who aim to restore the downtown area and help economic development in the area.

“It is a good bunch of volunteers, and we really hope the program goes on for at least 50 more years,” said Woodward.

The organization is also hosting its Summer Wine Fest as well at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Do-Drop-In courtyard. A winery from Artesia will offer a variety of wines to taste. Adults over 21 years old may participate in the tasting for $25 per person.