Start line from the previous YMCA 5k held at Camp Clay.
Start line from the previous YMCA 5k held at Camp Clay.

The Van Wert YMCA announces the YMCA Peony Pace 5k to be held in conjunction with the Peony Festival weekend festivities. The 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 7, at the YMCA Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Road, Van Wert. The run/walk will begin its 3.1 mile loop at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is due by May 27, and is $20 with a T-shirt and $15 without a T-shirt. Race Day registration will be available for $20 without a T-shirt. Along with this event, the YMCA will have a Kids’ 1 mile fun run beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The event will offer water and music along the course as well as $100 cash prizes to the top male and female winners as well as age bracket prizes. On top of the male and female winnings, each participant can try their shot at breaking the course record. Male participants have to beat a time of 15:20 and females, 18:20. If these records are broken then the participant(s) can win an extra $100 for each broken record!

The Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run which will begin at 9:30 a.m. will be free for all ages and will be awarded a ribbon for participation. There is no registration for the Kids Fun Run and the mileage will be less than 1 mile. If they prefer to run in the 5k the regular registration will be required.

The YMCA offers a 5k challenge to all corporations who can register a team of five co-workers to run in the corporate division. This division offers cash prize money to the top team with the lowest combined time. In a previous 5k a team from Eaton won $250! To register your team, pick up a team packet from the YMCA front desk, visit or contact Julie Schaufelberger at

“The corporate challenge is a lot of fun and makes the 5k more challenging and competitive! We would love to see any organization, business or school enter the corporate 5k challenge. The more teams that enter the 5k the more prize money will be awarded and earn bragging rights for a year!” stated Julie Schaufelberger, YMCA wellness director.

Information about this and any other programs available through the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling (419) 238-0443 or visiting The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.