Ask just about any Clarksville kid, and they can probably tell you about the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department. Over the last few years, the department has been making a big push to become more involved at area schools, and to get more local children involved in park programs.
Every month our staff are visiting area schools with our music van, wiggle, cars, and other fun activities. We are always there when school administrators ask us to take part in their events.
“Clarksville Parks & Recreation is a vital partner and supporter of Clarksville Community Schools. Their commitment and support of our students is second to none,” said CCSC Information Specialist Nikolette Langdon. “They not only provide countless events and activities for the Clarksville Community, but they also support our students grades PK-12 through attending and assisting CCSC with events, celebrations and educational opportunities.”
Now the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is calling on area residents to join us in giving back to the children in our community.
ClarkFEST is Clarksville’s largest annual community festival, held every year in October at Clarksville’s Gateway Park, and Clarksville Parks plays a big role in helping to organize the event. The FREE festival features a parade, car show, live music, inflatables, games, food trucks, and much more.
This year, the ClarkFEST planning committee decided to add a “Run for the Kids” 5K Run/Walk. The race will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 8:00am, with the start and finish at Gateway Park. The ClarkFEST festival will kick off at 10:00am, after the race. All the money raised from the “Run for the Kids” will be split and donated to the Crusade for Children, and Clarksville’s Shop with a Cop program.
“Race organizer Tom Clevidence has already raised thousands of dollars for charity, but now we need runners,” said ClarkFEST planning committee member Ken Conklin. “The costs to put on the race have already been covered, so 100% of any registration fees will be going to charity.”
The race is open to all ages, including children, with prizes awarded to the top finishers in the various age categories. The ClarkFEST Planning Committee’s goal is to make the “Run for the Kids” a family event, so parents who register for the race are being encouraged to bring their children with them. Young children do not need to register or pay a fee if they would like to walk or run with their parents, however, if a child would like to compete for a prize and get a t-shirt, they will need to register.
The registration fee for the race is $25 if you register on or before October 6th, and $30 per runner after October 6th. T-shirts are guaranteed to anyone whom signs up by October 6th. After that, t-shirts will be given to registrants as supplies last. Registrations will be accepted until the day of the race.
For more information about the race or to register online, CLICK HERE.