The current leadership with the Butler Road Race is ending after the event on Saturday, June 24, 2017, which means next year there will be a few changes.
One of those changes is the way the money raised will be utilized. For the past 24 years, the current leadership has given scholarship money to area graduating cross country high school athletes. Next year, that will not be the case.
According to the current race director, Mike Franko, the Road Race on Saturday will still benefit the cross country kids of the graduating class of 2018. After the race wraps up this weekend, the race committee still has the obligation to hand out the awards to the students and notify universities.
The Road Race that will be held by the Butler YMCA in 2018. That money raise will then be used for Y’s Strong Kids Campaign, which is a program offering financial assistance to those who cannot afford memberships or program through the ‘Y.’ Last year the program affected 25,000 people giving $298,000 worth of YMCA membership and programs just here in Butler County.
Franko says the scholarship program is one of their proudest accomplishments of the current Butler Road Race leadership. It has provided 780 academic scholarships to runners from the eight area Butler County schools. The amount of money awarded just over $410,000.
Find out more about the race online at www.Butlerroadrace.org.