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By J. Patrick O’Leary

Edgewater will be home to a fundraising footrace and community picnic on Saturday, Aug. 25. The festivities begin with the Edgewater 5K at 9 a.m., benefiting the local school booster club, and closes with a final band performance starting at 5:30 p.m.

Edgewater Collective is an Event Contributor to the City of Edgewater’s Community Picnic,, which showcases Edgewater businesses and organizations, spotlights local schools and provides fun for the whole family.

“The Community Picnic has always been a end of summer event that City Council has provided to get Edgewater residents together before the summer ends,” said Deputy City Manager Dan Maples. “This year we have some additional activities, so it has grown a little. Edgewater Collective will be doing the 5k earlier in the morning on the same day.”

The Edgewater 5k road course winds through the beautiful tree-lined streets of Edgewater with a mixture small hills and flat pavement. Proceeds from the race benefit the Jefferson Sports Booster Club at Jefferson Junior/Senior High School in Edgewater.

“I think last year we raised about $2,000,” said Joel Newton, Edgewater Collective Executive Director. “This is our second year benefiting the Booster Club … they do schedules for each season, replaced the sign at the football field, try to help out with individual teams for uniforms and that sort of thing.”

Race day registration and race-bib pickup begin at 8 a.m., with all 5k runners are due at the start line at 8:55 a.m. Pre-race, online registration is available through noon, Aug. 23, $30 for adults and $10 for runners 18 and under.

Race-day adult entry fees are $40 for adults, but still $10 for those 18 and under.

Runners can also mail in their race registration and race fee; the paper registration form can be downloaded from the race page on the Edgewater Collective’s website, edgewatercollective.org/edgewater-5k.

Volunteers are needed to run water stations and direct runners at the finish line, and will receive an Edgewater t-shirt and ticket for a beer (if 21 or older). Visit edgewatercollective.org/edgewater-5k to sign up for a volunteer time slot.

The Edgewater Community Picnic starts at 3 p.m. in Citizen’s Park, Benton Street and 24th Avenue. It features Edgewater Market and Music vendors (Farmers Market), Edgewater school activities and kids inflatables through 5 p.m. Beer and food trucks will be available throughout the event.

Local performances take place between 5 and 6:15 p.m., followed by band Big Paddy at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.edgewatercollective.org or edgewaterco.com.