Third annual DiscoverRoanoke run/walk picks up trio of sponsors

Robert and Dawn Fontaine celebrate their finish in last year’s DiscoverRoanoke 10K run. The event, which also includes a 5K and one-mile run or walk, returns for its third year on April 20. Photo provided.

Three major sponsors have been announced for the third annual DiscoverRoanoke 10K/5K/1M run/walk, which will be held April 20 in downtown Roanoke.

Activities begin at 9 a.m.OnTurf Sports, the event organizer, has announced that Edward Jones Investments, Parkview Physician's Group and the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce have agreed to serve as major sponsors.

They join United REMC, Bippus State Bank, Lassus Brothers, J.O. Wolf Tool and Die, American Specialty Insurance and Dick's Sporting Goods as official sponsors of the event.

In-kind sponsors include Subway, Three Rivers Running Company, the News Sentinel, Fred Toenges Shoes and Road ID.

The event will benefit the Roanoke Elementary School PTO and will be held rain or shine. It is open to participants of all ages.

The event will feature music at the start/finish line and live updates from the course.

Fitness-related vendors will be set up near the start/finish line. Three Rivers Running Company will be on site to provide tips and advice.

Information and registration forms can be found at the event's website, htm; at the Fort Wayne Track Club website,; and at Three Rivers Running Company's site,

The event website has a link to a training schedule and a map of the race courses for those wishing to train on the actual course.

Registrations are currently being accepted and race day registrations will be available at the start/finish line until an hour before the event. All participants registered before April 6 will receive a long sleeve event shirt at check-in.

The course records for the 5K are 16:22 (Charlie Melton) and 20:36 (Danielle Elwood). The 10K course records are 33:29 (Josh Maple) and 42:54 (Stephanie Breeding). The 1M course record is held by Alex Gass (8:10).