Athletes will come together in October to help raise funds for a children’s program in McPherson County that aims to establish a healthy bedtime routine.
Athletes will come together in October to help raise funds for a children’s program in McPherson County that aims to establish a healthy bedtime routine. The first ‘Runnin’ and Gunnin’’ Biathlon will be Oct. 20 at the Outback Park Firearm Training and Public Range, 368 W. Navajo Road, in support of Bedtime Rocks. Athletes will run for 1,500 meters, shoot five targets in a prone position, then run 2,000 meters before shooting five targets in a standing position. The last leg of the biathlon will be a 1,500- meter run. Debbie Kramer, Bedtime Rocks committee member, said this is an event in which anyone can participate. “You simply have to be willing to run a 5K and have to be willing to shoot a rifle,” Kramer said. The proceeds from the event will go toward Bedtime Rocks, a program in its second year that helps McPherson County children by providing warm pajamas, books and toothbrushes, among other items. Kramer said it evolved out of an annual program from Creative Hairlines that provided backpacks for children. “I came across a heck of a deal for pajamas, so we kind of combined the two,” Kramer said. While the children are the ones receiving the gifts, Kramer said parents are the intended target of Bedtime Rocks’ message. “The whole point is to teach parents how important it is for children to have a bedtime routine,” Kramer said, “and how much better they’ll behave if they have something to do every night.” Anyone wishing to sign up for the event may do so by Oct. 15. Registration for the biathlon is 7 a.m. Oct. 20, with the event itself to start at 9 a.m. For more information, you can contact Kramer at 620-480-9267 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.