McKees Rocks is always looking to improve its annual
Run Your Rox Off 5K
“The 5K is our signature event,” says Taris Vrcek, executive director of the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation. “Most of our runners come from outside the community, so we’ve had a nice reach in attracting people from all over the region. Each year we try to have something new and different.”
This year’s incarnation will take place Friday evening at the Miles Bryan School at 1125 Wayne Avenue in McKees Rocks, and include a community picnic and a concert in the large green space next to the school.
“It’s all outdoors, which is great because you have these beautiful, immense trees and this fantastic view,” Vrcek says. “It’s a really special setting for an event like this — just a really neat place.”
The race, which winds its way through several McKees Rocks-area residential neighborhoods, is unlike any other in the area.
“This is a challenging course because of some of the hills we have here,” Vrcek says. “A lot of the folks who live in the area will come out and cheer on the runners, and that’s not something you get with a lot of 5Ks.”
In keeping with the neighborhood’s theme, top finishers receive rocks emblazoned with plaques in lieu of medals.
The picnic, which will begin at 6 p.m., will feature food from local restaurants -- including Pierogies Plus, Mancini's Bakery, Silverstar Meats, 5 Generation Bakers and Mama Lena Pizza -- music and family-oriented entertainment.
The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a set by hip-hop artist and McKees Rocks native Terence Austin. Country artist Dawn Savage will perform at 7 p.m., and following the race awards ceremony, local jazz outfit George Heid III Trio
will perform from 8 to 10 p.m.
Runners may register for the race on the event’s website
or in-person prior to the event on Friday.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Tavis Vrcek