Race preview: Potter in the Park promises magical morning Aug. 28

The Fourth Annual Triwizard TriMile Race features a flat, fast race course in Radford’s Bisset park — but most of the runners in this Harry Potter themed event won’t be focused on speed.

Nope — the costumes (optional but encouraged), competitions, magical swag, Potter activities, and, all-around camaraderie are the focus of this family-friendly, pet-friendly event that features age groups awards starting for young wizards ages 3-5.

Best of all — all proceeds from the race benefit Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley. “We solemnly swear we are up to so much good,” says LVNRV executive director Linda Jilk. “Your support will help us win the battle against illiteracy. Accio literacy!”

Race basics

When: Aug. 28 (Hogwarts move-in day)  at 9 3⁄4 (9:45 am)

Where: Radford’s Bisset Park (3-mile course)

Key deadlines: Register by Aug. 10 to guarantee a t-shirt and avoid increased fees.

Cost (before Aug. 10): $25 for an individual wizard or 4 wizards for $80; $10 per beast (pet). 

Unique aspects: Potter in the Park features costume contests (for adults, youth, and pets), age group awards, “floo network” prizes, a house competition, Potter fun (magical creatures care and “butterbeer” classes), raffles, and lots of magical swag.

Register: Enroll by Hogwarts house and find more information at http://www.lvnrv.org/potterinthepark

For information: Call 540-382-7262 or send an “owl” to info@lvnrv.org. Follow https://www.facebook.com/LVNRV/ for race updates.

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