Ribbon cutting

A Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for What the Hill Running Club was held Sept. 5 at Liberty Park.

What the Hill Running Club exists to promote well-being and running and walking in Batesville and the surrounding areas, reports Vice President Curtis Gillman.

“We also exist to have fun. We are open to anyone, and there is no cost associated with participating.”

“The club was started by a group of people who love running to just get together and go for a group run a few times per week. We meet every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m., usually at the park. We also have some weekend runs. Ed Horstman is one of the original members of the group and serves as the unofficial coach and the route planner .... After our Thursday runs, we like to enjoy a cold beverage and group camaraderie.”

Last year, Gillman and President Tim Becker helped put together a 5K that raised $4,800 for the Matthew 19:26 Mission Team. “We had 100 runners and had a great time,” Gillman reveals.

“This year ... we are on track to raise even more and have even more runners. We have a great committee that puts on this 5K, and we welcome more help with that. We are a 501©(3) and all of the money we raise goes to local charities.”

This year’s OktoBEERfest: Run for the Cause 5K is Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5:15 p.m. at The Sherman Biergarten. “It is a very well-organized 5K with chip timing by Stuart Road Racing and a lot of course support. Persons can preregister at stuartroadracing.com or register the day of the event from 4-5 p.m.

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