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August 13th, 2020

ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

As businesses begin reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic, so too are many activities for people to enjoy.

Summertime is in full swing, and in July and August, Liberal Recreation has a few of those activities to take part in starting Monday with Summer Adventure for children age first through sixth grade. 

Liberal Recreation’s Ronna Stump said this a great program for local youth.

“We do a lot of stuff with the kids, lots of different activities, and they love it,” she said. “I have a staff of six, and they do games. We go swimming, we go bowling. Every day, you do something different.”

The first session of Summer Adventure starts Monday and runs through July 31. The second session starts Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 28. The morning group runs from  9 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon group runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“It’s $60 per session for the morning or $60 in the afternoon, or you can sign up for both, whichever you want,” Stump said.

For more information, call Liberal Recreation at 620-417-8154.

Next on the calendar for the rec department is the annual Splash N’ Dash taking place July 18 at Adventure Bay Water Park and neighboring Light Park. As the name implies, contestants take a splash before a dash.

“You swim, and then you run,” Stump said.

The fee for the Splash and Dash is $25, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. July 18. Stump said participants can still register that day, but to do so, they will pay an extra $10. Stump added there are a few different categories for contestants.

“We have a full participant, and that is 150-meter swim followed by a 5K,” she said. “If you feel like you can’t swim 150 meters, we have a novice, and that’s a 50-meter swim followed by a 5K.  For the little ones, the 8 and unders, we have a 50-meter swim followed by one lap around Light Park. They strictly stay in the park. We get several who do that.”

Registration forms for the Splash and Dash are available at the Recreation Department at 950 S. Grant in Liberal. Stump said there are other means for participants to register as well.

“I can mail one out to people, whatever’s easiest,” she said. “People can go to webscore.com and sign up there also.”

Volunteers from First Christian Church will be helping guide older runners around the path for the 5K portion of the Splash and Dash.

“They stay on the corners and help direct people, make sure they don’t get lost,” Stump said. “The police come out on 15th Street, make sure they get across 15th Street and back across.”

Top contestants in the different age categories will receive medals for their efforts. Contact the Recreation Department between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays for more information.

In August, Liberal Recreation is hosting its annual Arkalon Assault taking place at the park in eastern Seward County. Normally taking place in June, the event was moved to Aug. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the sixth annual Arkalon Assault, and contestants can participate in either a 5K or 1-mile run.

“It’s for ages 5 years old and up,” Stump said. “We have the elite run, which is the ‘go as fast as you can, get out of my way’ run. That one is $45 right now, and I only take 20 runners in that heat.”

The first female and male to cross the line will get a prize. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 1, with the elite run starting at 8:30 a.m. Later 5K runs start in 30-minute intervals at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

“They’re $40, and you can sign up for any of those times you want,” Stump said. “We take 50 in each group of those. If you have at least four people and you want to run together, you can sign up as a team, and it’s $30 a person to sign up. We have just the one mile, where I have lots of little kids, but adults can do it too. It’s $20. All the fees will go up $10 starting on July 19. That way, I can make sure I can get T-shirts for everybody. It’s fun. We have a great time.”

As has been the case in the past, Stump said this year’s assault will feature a variety of obstacles for contestants.

“We’ll have some different ones like we always do and some of the old ones,” she said.

Participants can go to webscore.com and sign up for the Arkalon Assault.

“You can do that anytime now,” Stump said. “It’s a little slow right now. It usually is until just right before.”

Stump said as life begins to return somewhat to the way it was before the pandemic, the calendar of events at Liberal Recreation will start to fill up as well.

“We’re about a month behind, but starting in August, everything will go the same, which we’re excited about,” she said. 

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