Milltown 5K is tomorrow

Published 6:26 am Friday, May 27, 2016

The 20th Milltown Classic 5K road walk/run race is tomorrow at the Timberlane Subdivision on Louisiana Highway 10 and Caroline Drive.

The annual event is normally at Cassidy Park, but was moved because of damage from the flood.

Race director Brad Lewis said the route will be from Caroline Road to Greentree Drive to Peach Orchard Road to Pinewood Drive and then run back to the starting line, which will also be the finish line.

“It’ll be a very beautiful route and a very nice route for the runners,” Lewis said. “There are lakes and hills and nice homes along the route.”

The race benefits the service projects of the Bogalusa Rotary Club.

Lewis said Rotary is the oldest and largest international service club.

Some of the projects the Rotary Club is involved with are scholarships for qualified students, they help out the Bogalusa Food Bank and there is a project where they send shoes to an orphanage overseas.

A major global project of Rotary has been an effort to eliminate polio. The project is called “Polio Plus.” Lewis said that Rotarians have carried the vaccine in coolers that don’t have electricity to remote areas to prevent polio.

Lewis said that only a few cases of polio are now diagnosed each year.

Paul Dauterive, a 2011 Covington High School graduate, has won the overall race title the past three years. Dauterive’s great-grandmother Helen Applewhite and grandfather Greg Applewhite are Bogalusa residents. Dauterive graduated from Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

The race begins at 8 a.m. and trophies will be awarded for each age group. Signups cost $15 for adults and it’s $7 for children under 12.

Raceday registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

Each participant receives a T-shirt.

For more information, call Brad Lewis at 985-735-9003.