June 16, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – How many 3.1-mile loops can you run or walk within a six-hour period? One, two, three, more?

Participants will find out this August when John A. Logan College hosts the first annual Hearts Desire Six-Hour Ultra competition. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Race coordinator Bill Fisher, a retired Carterville High School instructor and track coach, who has also worked as a part-time employee at JALC’s Community Health Education Complex for several years, said there will be both team and individual competitions.

“Only laps completed within the six-hour limit will count toward mileage totals,” Fisher said. “And every penny we take in goes to the AHA.”

The race is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Logan. Registration runs from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. in the baseball parking lot.

Cost is $50 per individual or $120 per four-person team, a savings of $20 per runner if entering as a team. Fees are to be paid at registration. If the race has not filled by race day, registration will take place on a first-come, first-fill basis. Registration is limited to the first 100 individuals and first 30 teams.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a finisher’s medallion. Awards will be presented in various age categories, including 20 and under; 21-to-40; 41-to-60; and 61 and over. Teams will have their ages combined at 100 and under; 101-to-150; and 151 and over.

The 3.1-mile course on the JALC campus follows the cross-country course format around the perimeter of the college. It is a gently rolling trail, 97-percent off road and 3 percent asphalt.

Food and drinks will be provided at the event near both the start and finish lines. Participants are encouraged to bring a change of clothes and shoes with restrooms and shower facilities available at the health center.

Medical assistance will be provided by Carterville Fire Department.

“I’ve already received some good feedback on the event,” Fisher said. “I’m counting on a nice turnout.”

For more information, call Fisher at 618-521-3543.

The Prairie Heart Institute through Southern Illinois Healthcare is helping to sponsor the event.