SABATTUS — The Sabattus Rec Club Running Program will be holding its eighth annual Blackjack 5k run and alk at the Oak Hill Middle School on Ball Park Road in Sabattus on Thursday, July 22, beginning at 6 p.m. This will be more of a social, non-competitive run, with the main focus being to get out and get some exercise and maybe some winning cards in the process. This event is becoming a popular, fun event for competitive and beginner runners and walkers alike. It is a great way for families to get their kids into a race they can have fun in.

The Blackjack 5k is the first of the Running Program’s fun-run summer series events. The Prediction Run will be held on Thursday, August 19, at 6 p.m. also at Oak Hill Middle School.

Blackjack participants will receive a card at the two-mile mark, and another at the three-mile mark. If they get a Blackjack (Ace and 10 or face card) at the three-mile mark, they can call out and will win a prize. If they do not get Blackjack, they can receive a third card at the finish line to try for a total of 21. If their three cards total 21, they will win a prize.

The course is a moderately hilly 3.1 miles. The first male and female finishers will also win prizes, but fast times will not be needed to win Blackjack prizes. There will also be several raffle prizes and other giveaways.

The Blackjack 5K is open to runners and walkers of all ages. Those under 18 will need parental permission. This will be a show-up, sign-up event, with no pre-registration required. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. There will be a low, $5 entry fee.

 We are also looking for anyone interested in volunteering for either event. Please let us know if you can help. For more information: Email [email protected], go to and click on teams, and then the running tab, or check out the Sabattus Rec Club Running Program page on Facebook.

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