By Carrie Pitzer
Color the Warriors happy thanks to a new track, but there's more work to be done as funds are still needed for equipment and upkeep.
A 5K Color Run will take place on Saturday, July 2, with proceeds going toward the track.
Earlier this year, the Neligh-Oakdale Board of Education approved the nearly half-million track. While that meant the taxpayers and school district was footing the bill for the facility, that didn't include the equipment for upcoming meets or for funds to keep the track from decaying over years.
That's why the Neligh-Oakdale Track Committee was formed. Committee members Becky Kerkman and Dana Klabenes said members have reached out to alumni, community members and businesses for funds. One of the biggest immediate expenses will be for equipment since Neligh-Oakdale will need hurdles, starting blocks and other equipment.
"It has been at least 10 years since we hosted a track meet, so our equipment is outdated," Kerkman said. "Proceeds will also go toward future upkeep of our track. We want to keep it in good shape for years to come."
Klabenes said the idea of the 5K Color Run was another way to raise funds, especially since it's a fun running event. She said at various points along the course, people will throw colored powered on top the runners as they go by.
"We thought it would be a fun event for the people in our community and surrounding communities," Klabenes said. "People are really excited about the event."
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Antelope County Fairgrounds near the ag building. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for each participating, which includes a t-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in four age groups - Grades 2-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12 and Adult.
Committee members are Brian Christiansen, Dana Klabenes, Becky Kerkman, Jason Krebs, Boyd Pedersen, Rick Eickholt, Terry Trautman, and Krista Schindler.