Wendell Foster moving Half Marathon to March 2024, adding ‘Steps Division’ for inclusive racing

March 3, 2023 | 12:09 am

Updated March 2, 2023 | 11:09 pm

8th grader Peyton Howard (right) takes his first steps of the Steps Division in the Wendell Foster Half-Marathon/5K at Rooster Booster Thursday morning.

Wendell Foster’s Annual Half Marathon and 5K have been pushed back to March 2024. The organization also announced that for the first time, there will be a new division to ensure all interested people can work toward the 13.1 miles throughout the year.

The Steps Division was created as an effort to ensure that people of all abilities can cross the finish line. Those participating in the division can complete either distance by recording their steps throughout the year and then crossing the finish line alongside other runners.

“Now is the time for this race to be about more than just running. Whether you are sprinting, strolling or stepping, this is your race, we’re taking those steps across the finish line together,” Wendell Foster officials said in a pre-produce video shown at Rooster Booster Thursday morning.

Three ambassadors of the Steps Division on Thursday then kicked off their year-long journey to finishing the race.

Beth Shepherd, Wendell Foster Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, said the move back to March is significant because it coincides with Disability Awareness Month.

The event is still expected to begin and end in front of Smothers Park as usual. Prize money will be awarded to the top competitors in both the 5K and Half Marathon races.

Registration is already open for all divisions. To find out more about divisions, prices, and awards, click here.

March 3, 2023 | 12:09 am

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