Area residents will be getting together Saturday for the fifth annual I Topped the Rock fundraiser in Castle Rock, with proceeds going to the Castle Rock PTO.
Featuring a 5K walk-run as well as a raffle, kids games, live entertainment, vendors and family fun, this year’s fundraiser is hoping to provide new lockers at the Castle Rock High School, as the current lockers are said to be on their last hinges.
The primary event will take place at the Castle Rock Middle School (615 Front Ave.), where the 5K race along the Cowlitz River will commence. The course will progress down Riverfront Trail to The Rock, namesake of the city, where participants receive a green bracelet of accomplishment at the summit from event sponsor Fibre Federal Credit Union.
While running times will be kept and awards will be given for those who are able to complete the course the fastest, participants are encouraged to run, or walk, at their own pace and enjoy both the scenery and experience of helping out their community.
Awards are also expected to be given for individuals and groups with the best outfits, and it has been said the crazier the better.
After the race, there will be a Little Rocket Run for kids ages 7 and under, face painting, games, bounce house, hot dogs and soda. Lacey Rha’s Café, based in Downtown Castle Rock, will also be available to provide iced coffee. Local band Calvary will also be performing live, while Zumba Studio 117 will be helping racers stretch after the race.
Registration for the race begins at 8 a.m. and costs $15 for adults and $12 for kids 18 and under. Event t-shirts will also be $10, while supplies last.
For more info, call organizer Melody Kranz at (360) 355-5426 or go to facebook.com/ItoppedTheRock.