The Stewartville Summerfest 5-mile run on July 4 is now part of the Rochester Track Club Grand Prix series.
The RTC board decided to add the race in an attempt to attract younger runners to the Grand Prix series. The July 4 race is an additional shorter distance that is held at a time of year that doesn't conflict with school track and cross-country schedules.
The other races in the Grand Prix series include:
The Spring Classic 15k race April 27
The Med City Marathon May 26
Chester Woods 10-mile trail race June 1
Rochesterfest 1-mile June 29
Stewartville Summerfest 5-mile July 4
Rochester Women's 4-mile July 20
Douglas Trail 11-mile Aug. 3
Healthy Human Race half-marathon Aug. 24
Mayo Open Cross Country 5k Sept. 12
Spirit Run 10k October 26
RTC members can accumulate points for running in each race with more points given for better placement. Awards for various age groups are given at the annual banquet with gift cards given to the top three individuals in each age group for men and women.
RTC members are automatically entered into the series. There is no need to sign up, just a need to enter these races to get points.