SIRC-it Begins 5-Week Run With Trojan Trot Saturday
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – Each summer for the past decade, the Southeast Indiana Racing Circuit has been challenging the area’s distance runners to prove themselves as the best.
The footrace series dubbed SIRC-it begins its 2014 five-week schedule with the Trojan Trot 5K in St. Leon on Saturday, July 12 beginning and ending at the St. Leon American Legion Post #464.
The four other SIRC-it races in the following weeks include (all races begin at 8:30 a.m.):
- Lakeside 5K on Saturday, July 19 at Franklin County High School in Brookville.
- Shiner Dash 5K on Saturday, July 26 at Rising Sun High School in Rising Sun.
- Knight Flight 5K on Saturday, August 2 at Weber Sports in downtown Aurora.
- Bulldog Chase 5K on Saturday, August 9 at Batesville Middle School in Batesville.
Aurora resident Greg Stuart – proprietor of Stuart Road Racing LLC – became the SIRC-it director in 2010. He said the entry fees and proceeds at each of the races benefits the host high school’s cross country program. Those schools include East Central, South Dearborn, Batesville, Rising Sun, and Franklin County.
About 200 runners compete at each SIRC-it installment, Stuart estimates. While overall and age group winners are awarded at each race, the most dedicated runners compete in all five races in hopes of earning the SIRC-it overall championship.
“It’s a lot of fun. We see mostly the same group of runners every year, so there is some comradery,” Stuart said.
A new SIRC-it overall champion will be crowned this year. The 2013 champ was then-South Dearborn High School runner Joe Rector. Stuart says that as a recruit for Hanover College’s cross country team, Rector will be limited by his new program to just three races this year.
Stuart explains that in recent years he has also added the “real winner” award, which is given to the runner who finishes atop an age-graded scale taking into account age and gender.
Runners are welcome to register early or same-day for any of the five SIRC-it events. Registration details can be found online at www.stuartroadracing.com.