The 15th annual Mount Carmel Fitness Challenge will start from Reynoldsburg High School Sept. 1 featuring 10K and 5K races, plus an in-line skating course.

The 15th annual Mount Carmel Fitness Challenge will start from Reynoldsburg High School Sept. 1 featuring 10K and 5K races, plus an in-line skating course.

Co-sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau, all three events will begin at 8 a.m. All feature different course routes throughout the city.

New this year is the Crossroads 10K run, which is a 6.1-mile course from the high school to Slate Ridge Boulevard and around Haverton Drive, then Brice Road and up to Retton Road before ending back at the high school.

The Tomato Town 5K run follows the shortest course at 3.1 miles. From the high school, runners will head onto Slate Ridge Boulevard, turn back around at Haverton Drive and return to the high school.

The Raider Roll In-Line follows a challenging 13.2-mile course beginning at the high school and winding up north of East Main Street over to Roundelay Road, where it hits the bike path and heads back down to the high school to the finish line.

The top three men and women to finish in all three races will receive plaques and medals.

Registration for all three events begins at 6:15 a.m. Sept. 1. The entry fee for the Crossroads 10K and the Raider Roll In-Line is $30 per person. The fee for the Tomato Town 5K run is $20 for each participant.

Visitors bureau executive director Mary Hudson said residents are welcome to come out and watch the runners as they make their way through the courses.

She said there are traditionally up to 400 participants who register to run each year. As of early this week, about 100 people were registered, but Hudson said people usually wait to register until the day of the event.

She said volunteers are needed to work at the registration tables, as field marshals or to work at the water stations located throughout the courses.

The Mount Carmel Fitness Challenge is for all ages.

Registration forms can be filled out online at www.premierraces.com or on the morning of the race in the high school lobby.

Those interested in volunteering can do so by calling volunteer coordinator Sarah Cannella at (614) 861-4646.

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