Welcome to Sioux Falls
I am so excited to host you for a week long celebration of running in Sioux Falls. Hello folks, my name is Greg Koch your Race Director. I also co-own and manage 605 Running Company, I'm a certified running coach with the Road Runners Club of America and I time running events professionally for Chronotrack. For the past year I've been focused on how to enhance this event and I've got to say that my team and I have really created some unique experiences only available right here in Sioux Falls.
We are creating a movement within our region. I've spent my entire career dedicated to a holistic approach to health and wellness. I believe the best food is made from scratch, I believe anyone can participate in running events and I'm on a mission to promote family friendly activities within my city that are available to everyone.
This year we have added The Zippy Mile to our event line-up. Our goal was to create a family friendly experience that was hyper-approachable to all skill levels of runners. Think back to your first mile. How did that make you feel? I know that I was nervous that people might be looking at me funny. I know that I felt like I wasn't a "real" runner yet. The running world and the fitness world can be an intimidating place. With The Zippy Mile and the 60.5 Move Expo we want to showcase a community of opportunity, where we break down barriers and prove that health and wellness is for everyone.
From the bottom of my heart thank you for registering for our event. As a small business we have shown how we can contribute to our community on a large scale. The economic impact of race weekend is significant to our city and our region. Many of you are traveling from out of town and out of state to visit us here in Sioux Falls. We know you are going to like it here. I encourage you to enjoy downtown. Explore the shops, play at the Washington Pavilion or Falls Park, enjoy our amazing restaurants and of course run our streets and greenway trails.
Finally, the question I'm always asked. Who or what is the Skedaddle for? The answer is complex. First and foremost this is a running event designed by runners for runners. In our running communities that can often be overlooked. Runners raise a lot of money for a lot of amazing causes. We have several fundraising goals this year with the Skedaddle. Checkout the amazing work we are doing with the Chase for a Cure. Also, Skedaddle week happens during Earth Day. Bring your used running shoes to donate at the 60.5 Move Expo read why here. Finally, get to know the 605 Race Crew for which the Skedaddle is the funding engine that makes all of their amazing work possible.
This is our 5th year hosting a half marathon in Sioux Falls. While I cannot make any guarantees on the weather, I can promise you that my team and I are dedicated to make this experience great for each and every one of you.
Have a great running day.
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Prizes and categories announced for the Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon Road Runners Club of America State Championship
The Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon presented by the 605 Running Company which was recently selected to be the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Championship Event is excited to announce championship categories and prizes.
Open Male/Female Division: This will be the overall winners of the half marathon event. Prizes to include RRCA State Championship medal and $500 prize.
Age 40+ Male/Female Division: This will be the overall winners of the half marathon event. Prizes to include RRCA State Championship medal and $100 prize.
Age 50+ Male/Female Division: This will be the overall winners of the half marathon event. Prizes to include RRCA State Championship medal and $100 prize.
Age 60+ Male/Female Division: This will be the overall winners of the half marathon event. Prizes to include RRCA State Championship medal and $100 prize.
605 Running Company is happy to announce that in partnership with Brooks Running and private donors we will be outfitting all of the South Dakota, Special Olympic Athletes traveling to the USA Games in Orlando, Florida this June with new running shoes.
At the 1st Saturday Group Run on April 2nd, community runners were able to raise over $600 dollars to help offset travel costs for South Dakota, Special Olympics Athletes. While planning the fundraising event at the store Greg received a phone call from his Brooks representative.
“The timing was incredible. What started out as a 1st Saturday Group Run fundraising challenge blossomed into a successful partnership with Brooks. Our community is helping to offset travel expenses and the store is able to outfit South Dakota athletes with great footwear.” Said Greg Koch, Co-Owner of 605 Running Company.
Founded in 2014, the mission of the shop is to enhance the running community as a locally owned and operated running specialty outfitter. No matter what your abilities, pace, or running history the 605 Running Company is inclusive to ALL runners.
Special Olympics is an unprecedented global movement which, through quality sports training and competition, improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and, in turn, the lives of everyone they touch.
“Our work isn’t done yet. We set out a goal to raise $1,100, which is estimated travel costs for one athlete to attend the USA Games this June.” Confesses Koch.
Click here to donate: https://www.classy.org/give/398416/#!/donation/checkout
Earth Day is during Skedaddle week on April 22nd, 2022. 605 Running Company is helping to keep used shoes out of landfills. Over the years we have donated thousands of pounds of used shoes to multiple organizations. Recently, we connected with GotSneakers, an organization that helps raise funds through sneaker donations. This year at the 60.5 Move Expo and at the Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon finish line we will be taking used sneaker donations to raise money for the Chase for a Cure.
Did You Know?
Most people throw away their used sneakers every 125-200 days without ever thinking about recycling. Since sneakers are manufactured with materials that are not biodegradable, they remain in landfills or are incinerated, which leads to toxic chemicals in our air and soil.
The process of manufacturing sneakers produces large amounts of CO2 which contributes to the serious effects of climate change and global warming. Recycling and reusing sneakers keeps sneakers out of landfills, reduces the need for manufacturing new shoes and sneakers, and supports a growing circular economy.
Make plans to visit us at the 60.5 Move Expo at the Washington Pavilion on April 23rd, from 10am - 4pm. The expo is free and open to the public. We will have a full line-up of on-stage entertainment, arts and crafts, great shopping, food vendors and our friends from GotSneakers. Be sure to bring your used shoes to donate. Each donation directly supports the Bryan Family and their goal to raise $25,000 in the Chase for a Cure | Cure Rare Disease.