Ambulance Chase 5K offers something for everyone

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 07:33 PM

OXFORD — Runners and couch potatoes alike will find something to love in downtown Oxford on Saturday.

The third annual Ambulance Chase 5K will include the usual races but adds a little something different this year: a food truck rodeo.

Scott Thomas, administrative director of human resources and communications at Granville Health System, said combining the 5K with food trucks means there’s something for everyone.

“We do think that having that paired up with the after-race event of the food truck rodeo kind of makes for a nice afternoon,” he said.

Thomas said they simply sent information to area food trucks telling them about the event with an invitation to come. Nine — Baton Rouge Cuisine of Creedmoor, Foster’s on the Fly, Big John’s Hot & Spicy, Gussy’s Greek Street Food, Liv’s Food Truck, Maria’s Taco Truck, Deputy Dawg Concessions & Catering of Oxford, JAM Ice Cream and The Railhouse Brewery — took them up on their offer.

The rodeo pairs well with the races because it turns it into a community event.

Plus, as Julia Overton — director of the downtown economic development for Downtown Oxford — noted, the race’s location allows more people to experience the city.

“Our downtown is a family friendly location, No. 1, and a beautiful location,” she said. “Downtown Oxford was happy to participate, because we want our family and people to remember to come to our downtown and that we want their business, and we always want to be an anchor, part of community events. We think it is very exciting that we were able to have our first food truck rodeo right in the Littlejohn parking lot.”

But the event is about more than just food. The Ambulance Chase boats a 5K competitive run, a 5K fun run, a 1-mile family walk and a 100-yard kids dash and benefits the Granville Health System Foundation. Costs for the 5K and 1-mile walk are $20 online at www.ghs5k.org or $25 the day-of. Registration for the kids’ race costs $10 and includes a medal. There is no fee to get into the food truck rodeo.

Registration begins inside Stovall’s Gifts at 3 p.m. Saturday. The competitive 5K will begin at 4 p.m. on Main Street and continues along a certified course. The 5K fun run will start at 4:05 p.m. The 1-mile walk will begin at 5 p.m., and the kids’ dash at 5:30 p.m. The food truck rodeo will start at 4 p.m.

Thomas said the event should be enjoyable for all, and he hoped to see many there.

“We have a longstanding commitment to help foster community events here in the area,” he said. “We see this as a great opportunity to put on an event that engages local businesses, the community, our health system, and we think it’s going to be a good event, a good experience for the community.”

 

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