Newtonia to be site of 5K run

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The historic Newtonia battlefield and Ritchey Mansion will be the site of a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The new event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all area runners and walkers age 10 and up. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in the following age divisions: 10-12; 13-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and older.

The cost to enter the run is $18 through Sept. 22. On the day of the race, the registration fee is $22. Event day registration is slated for 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.

The purpose of the run is raise awareness of Newtonia's Civil War involvement, the Ritchey Mansion and the historic value of both. The 3.1-mile run will take place in the area of the Civil War battles.

The run is being held in conjunction with the Newtonia Fall Festival, which be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. The event will include games, craft vendors, a parade at 2 p.m. and a ham and bean dinner.

The Ritchey Mansion, which was built by Matthew Ritchey before the Civil War, will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. Guides will tell about the two Civil War battles fought in Newtonia and about the home, which was used as a hospital during those battles.

For more information about the run or to reserve a craft booth for the fall festival, call Cathy Sheehy at 417-472-3163 or 417-850-1064 or email her at

The Ritchey Mansion where the run will start is located on Mill Street in Newtonia.

Proceeds from the run will benefit the Newtonia Battlefield Protection Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the historic value of the Ritchey Mansion, the battlefield areas around Newtonia and the historic value of those battles to the Civil War.

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