The City of White House Parks and Recreation department will be hosting the annual Harvest Moon race on Saturday, Oct. 12 with a couple of major changes to the format.

The run, previously a 10 kilometer (6.21 miles) race, will instead be a 7 kilometer (4.35 miles) run starting at the White House High School trailhead. The race, previously ran at the park, will begin and end at the trailhead with a turnaround point at the Honey Creek trailhead.

“We changed the format from 10 kilometers to seven with the idea that doing this will not only increase the number of participants but also allow us to have a race in which we don’t cross any roads,” Recreation Superintendent Kevin Whittaker said about the event. “We were considering a five mile race but when measuring it out, it worked to exactly seven kilometers.”

The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 with check-in and late registration lasting from 7 a.m. until race time.

At 9:30 a.m., there will be an awards ceremony with the overall winners on the male and female side receiving $100. A special award will be given to the Master division winners, the top male and female over 40. Smaller awards will also be given to winners of age brackets separated in five year increments beginning at 11 years old with an award for runners ten and younger as well.

“We are hoping to see a higher turnout for the race this year,” Whittaker said. “Ten kilometers is a tough distance and we hope that by shortening the race to seven, we can get a higher turnout than in previous years.”

The Parks and Recreation department is currently accepting registrations for the event with costs of $25 for individuals, $20 for individuals under ten years old and $75 for a family of up to four members, a saving of $25 overall.

Racers interested in participating in the race can either head to the City of White House website to download, print and bring the form to the White House Civic Center Parks and Recreation office during business hours or go to http://beta.active.com/white-house-tn/running/harvest-moon-7k-2013 for online registration for the event.

For more information regarding the event, please call 615-672-4350 extension 2114 and the Parks and Recreation workers would be happy to answer any questions.

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