NEW FRANKLIN  The Portage Lakes Advisory Council will sponsor the its First Run to the Beach 5K run and 1-mile Easter Egg Scramble run/walk Saturday at Portage Lakes States Park.

The race, which is part of the Ohio Challenge Series, benefits the Portage Lakes Advisory Council, which helps in all facets of the Portage Lakes Community.

The courses, within Portage Lakes State Park on Manchester Road, are on pavement and the trail and ends on the beach. The 1-mile run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. All participants will receive finisher medals. 

Race day registration is $35 and will begin at 7:00 a.m. There will be post race food and drink.

Register online at All 5K pre-registered runners and walkers receive a technical t-shirt. One-mile racers receive a cotton t-shirt. Limited supplies of t-shirts will be available on race day.

Awards will be given for the top five male and top five female 5K runners. The top five overall 1-mile runners and the top five overall walkers will also receive awards

PLAC is asking businesses to sponsor runners and help build their business. There are four sponsor options: gold sponsor, $1,000 or more; silver sponsor, $500; bronze sponsor $250 and personal sponsor $100.

For more information, contact Lynn Stamp at; Jill Lanzinger at; Sean Fremon at; or by calling 330-351-2525.