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Kellermann’s Batwa Challenge 5K/10K marks 7th race in grand prix

Walter Ford
Sports Editor

The Gold Country Grand Prix is rumbling down the back stretch of its 11-race series as the Kellermann’s Batwa Challenge 5K/10K is set for Saturday.

The Kellemann’s Batwa Challenge is the seventh race in the grand prix’s race series, and raises funds that support education and health services in Uganda.

“We support projects in southwest Uganda with the Batwa community and the Bwindi Community Hospital,” said Jean Creasey, who is helping organize the run. “Our dollars go a long way over there, and the race is an easy way to support the efforts being made over there.”

The race regularly generates nearly $6,000 per year, Creasey said. With good weather in the forecast for Saturday, Creasey said she hopes for a big turnout.

The race itself takes place in Nevada City, starting at Pioneer Park and winding through the near by neighborhoods.

Dr. Scott Kellermann will address the runners before the start of the race on recent developments with the Kellermann Foundation and their work in Uganda.

Kellermann, and his wife Carol, started the Kellermann Foundation to support and expand their work, empowering the Batwa to break the cycle of poverty through the Batwa Development Program, providing healthcare to all residents of the region through Bwindi Community Hospital, and educating nurses at the new Uganda Nursing School Bwindii, according to the Kellermann Foundation website.

In last year’s Batwa 5K race, Wheatland’s Steven Tate won the mens’ race with a time of 18 minutes, 24 seconds. Kelly Brown won the womens 5K with a time of 21:03.

In the womens 10K, Makie Ohler was the first finisher with a time of 44:38. In the mens 10K, Devon Cloud won with a finishing time of 43:06 with Larry DeFeyter hot on his heels.

Age group winners at the race will receive hand woven Batwa bracelets in lieu of medals.

The race costs $25 for adults, $20 for runners under 14 years old, and $22 for Nevada Union and Bear River students. The race is set to start at 8 a.m., registration will be from 7-7:45 a.m.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.

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