The Lovejoy Country Run was established 10 years ago by actively involved parents of the 16 Athletic Booster Clubs at Lovejoy High School. It is the desire of the founders and coordinators of this event that the Lovejoy Country Run be an inviting community event for all ages. With that goal in mind, the Lovejoy Country Run offers many fun and exciting activities that can be enjoyed by experienced runners, non-experienced runners, and children of all ages from 0 to 100. During the first year of the Lovejoy Country Run, we saw entry totals at 568 runners. Last year we had almost 500 runners, and we expect 500 runners this year!!
We hear positive things from our participants about the organization of the Lovejoy Country Run. We have great volunteers who attend to the many details that make for a successful event of this size such as ease of registration, adequate signage, plenty of restrooms, fun atmosphere, and great trophies and medals!
The 1K run is held on the school's athletic track and is a huge hit with the kids as they begin their race by running through the giant, inflatable "Leopard Head". This is the same leopard our varsity football lplayers use at the football games! The kids see it on the football field, and love having the opportunity to run through it themselves. After finishing the race, each child who participates receives a ribbon!!
The 5K run is held on a certified course which begins in the back of the school, then exits the school grounds onto a closed road adjacent to the school property. This route is very popular among avid runners as it is a fairly level course without any hills. Two water stations are positioned along the course. State Troopers are on site to assist with traffic and safety.
As soon as the race kicks off there are many ways to be entertained such as bouncing in the bounce houses, getting little faces painted by talented artists, and by enjoying our famous PANCAKE BREAKFAST!! Yes, we serve a delicious pancake breakfast with pancakes, bacon, juice, milk, or coffee in our cafeteria - the cost of which is included with your race entry fee. If you choose not to enter the race, you are more than welcome to purchase a breakfast separately.
We would love to have you join us for our Annual Lovejoy Country Run this year!!!