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Underground Railroad 5K

PRINCETON — The 26th annual Underground Railroad 5K will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Princeton. The race begins and ends at the Bureau County Metro Center.

T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered participants. Day of registrants are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

Registration and packet pick-up[ starts at 7 a.m. the day of the race. Kiddie Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K race starting at 8:30 a.m.

Entry fee is $20 before Sept. 1 and $25 after that date. Kiddy Run is free.

Awards will be presented to the overall top male and female runners, top Princeton male and female runners and top three runners in each age division (13 and under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and over.

Contact Nick Davis, race director, with any question at 815-872-0840.

Tug of War

PRINCETON — The United States Tug-of-War Association is hosting an invitational tournament at Park Tavern that will bring in competitors from all over the Midwest to Princeton, Sunday, Sept. 9, according to Keenan Campbell, the tournament organizer.

Competitive tug-of-war involves opposing teams of eight people pulling on either hemp or manila rope with the goal of moving it 4 meters. Campbell said the Princeton competition would start in round-robin style with the best two out of three pulls determining a match’s winner. The last four teams would face off in finals.

Men, women and mixed teams of various weight classes are set to participate. The competition will begin with a weigh in at 10:30am and pulling starting at 12:30 p.m. Food and Beverages will be available.

Campbell said it would be the first tug-of-war tournament held in Princeton in many years.

This event will also feature appearances in the Homestead Parade Sept, 8 by the Team USA Tug of War Team, followed by a meet and greet with Team USA 6:30 p.m. Saturday Night at Park Tavern. Food and Beverages will be available.

SVWC scramble

SPRING VALLEY —The Spring Valley Walleye Club will hold its golf scramble, Saturday, Aug. 11, at Spring Creek Golf Course with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. You do not need to be a Walleye Club member. Anyone can play. It is limited to the first 18 teams who pay their entry fee.

Entry fee costs $75, which includes golf, cart, fried walleye lunch and beverages. All proceeds will be used for the Illinois River fishing stocking program.

Entry forms and entry fee can be sent to SVWC, P.O. Box 154, Spring Valley, IL 61362. For information, call Bill Guerrini at 815-663-6141.

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