IPSWICH, MA—Enjoy the scenic beauty of America's oldest working farm at the 5th annual Ipswich Rotary 5K at Appleton Farms & Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Festivities are from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Young and old alike can walk, jog or run down country lanes and trails lined with stone walls and split-rail fences. The setting combines the historic attractions of Appleton Farms, owned by the Appleton family for more than 350 years and now in the hands of the Trustees of Reservations, and the bucolic beauty of the Ipswich River in spring.
The first event begin at 9:00 Saturday morning, with a 3.5K walk along the Ipswich River on the Essex County Greenbelt property across Route 1A from the farm. At 10 a.m. it's time for the 5K race, which starts and ends on tree-lined Waldingfield Road. At 10:30 a One Mile Kids' Fun Run blasts off from the Family Fun Area, then follows a trail through the farm. Part of Appleton Farms will be converted into a Kids Fun Area, with a clown, mascots from local businesses, a moon walk, face painting, balloons and a myriad of picnic races among the attractions. For adults, there will be a putting green, a baseball speed gun and a fly-casting demonstration. No celebration would be complete without food, and sponsors in the vendor area will offer coffee, soda and snacks. The Ipswich High School band and the Coast Guard color guard from Gloucester will be on hand, along with local ROTC units. There will be cash prizes and awards for race winners, along with trophies and ribbons. All kids who finish the 1-mile fun run will get ribbons. High schools are also invited to enter teams to compete for the Ipswich Rotary 5K High School Cup. Pre-registration fee for the 3.5K walk is $10, $13 day of the event; for the 5k, $15 in advance, $18 day of the event. Fee for kids is $5. Fees can be paid online at ipswichrotary5k.com.
The first 500 who register for the 3.5K or 5K get a free tee shirt. Registration and parking will be marked, and volunteers will be directing traffic. All proceeds go to the Ipswich Rotary Charitable Trust, which benefits high school scholarships, the Ipswich Rotary’s Lend-A-Hand Seniors Program (available through Ipswich Council On Aging) and several international endeavors including PolioPlus (a program launched by Rotary International to eradicate Polio from the earth) and RotoPlast (a program which repairs cleft pallet defects in children). A full break down of these programs can be found at www.ipswichrotary.org.