April 24, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Registration Update for Saturday's Bee Payne-Stewart Strut

Participants have until 5 p.m. today to register online for Saturday's 7th annual Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K, but race organizers have also added on-site race registration Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway.

The Strut is a fun 1.5-mile family fitness event Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. in downtown Springfield, starting at Mediacom Ice Park. The 5K race is a timed event, routed through downtown and the Missouri State University campus. The 5K features medals for age group winners.

The Strut celebrates the memory of Bee Payne-Stewart, a passionate advocate for women's leadership and athletics in Springfield. She was a founding member of the Leagues of Women Voters, helped start the Family Violence Center, now called Harmony House, and was the first woman to serve as president of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

The event raises funds for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund, the Women's Intersports Network (WIN) and women's athletic programs at Drury University, Evangel University and Missouri State University. Participants are also encouraged to donate items urgently needed at Harmony House, including office supplies, hygiene and baby products, and linens. A complete list is posted at bpsSTRUT.com.

Registration for the Strut is available online at bpsSTRUT.com. Participants may also register weekdays 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Park Board Office, 1923 N.Weller Ave; or Friday, April 26, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 7 - 7:50 a.m. at Mediacom Ice Park.

Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for kids age 12 and younger. Registration includes a t-shirt and 5K race materials.

Packet pick-up is Friday, April 26, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 7 - 7:50 a.m. at Mediacom Ice Park.

For more information, visit bpsSTRUT.com or call Anne-Mary McGrath, Events Administrator, at 417-864-1338.