Almost 250 participate in Habitat Home Run & Springfield’s Largest Water Balloon Fight


For years, Toby Dogwiler and his wife, Katie, have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity projects, and their dedication hasn’t change since the Minnesota transplants recently moved to the Ozarks.

So competing Saturday morning in the Habitat Home Run & Springfield’s Largest Water Balloon Fight was only natural.

“We moved to Springfield last summer, and we’ve always been fans of Habitat for Humanity, and it’s important to us,” Dogwiler said.

Dogwiler was among 250 participants in the eighth annual event that is part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a PGA Tour tournament that has gifted almost $13 million for Ozarks children’s charities in its 26-year history.

Dogwiler won the 5K in 19:10.19, while Ali Rich was the top finisher among the women in the 5K with a personal-best time of 25:23.27. In the 10K, Brian Todd won in 41:07.1, and Trina Wilcox was the top female finisher in the 10K with time of 48:16.70. Johnny Keter and Danita Regehr won the 1-mile walk/run.

Still, the event was far more than just about running. It was also about raising additional dollars for charities and throwing water balloons – a ton of water balloons.

In fact, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Springfield, MO, Larry Peterson, was right in the middle of all the action on a day when the event managed to roll out far more water balloons than last year.

Some proceeds will assist Habitat for Humanity Springfield, MO.

Habitat for Humanity Springfield, MO expects to complete almost 160 projects by the end of next June. That figure will exceed last year’s mark by 30 projects.

“Our mission is to bring people together in God’s name for homes, community and hope,” Peterson said. “What we’re doing now is trying to expand in neighborhood revitalization, which is not just building homes but it’s repairing and preserving homes.

“We have a tremendous amount of people in town who either can’t do the work themselves or can’t afford it, or are disabled and so on. They can apply for the program just like the home-buyer program. We don’t just give away homes. We have a zero-interest mortgage, and they have to put in an X number of hours sweat equity.”

The ability to assist the charity is what brought out many of the runners and water-balloon throwers. The event was also supported by a number of sponsors, including Gailey’s Breakfast Café and Great American Title Company.

“I think Habitat for Humanity is a great cause,” Rich said. “We wanted to be out here supporting it and the Price Cutter Charity Championship.”

Said Todd, who won the 10K, “Habitat is a great community asset, and my family is very supportive. We have donated and volunteered several times over the past 10 years or so. I enjoy coming out to these summertime 5Ks and 10ks to get ready for longer races in the fall.”

Organizers of the event were impressed by the turnout after setting up on site beginning before 4 a.m. The water balloon fight especially was a hit, given it was added to the event only a year ago.

“The water balloon fight was incredible,” said Kari Crawford, Marketing Director for the PCCC. “I loved seeing the kids smile and play.”

For a picture gallery, see our Facebook page at Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Habitat Home Run & Springfield’s Largest Water Balloon Fight


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Who doesn’t want to heave a few water balloons? You’ll soon get your chance as, for the second year in a row, the Habitat Home Run & Springfield’s Largest Water Balloon Fight are this weekend!

Both events are on Saturday morning, August 27 and will aid the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper as well as the Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO. They also are sponsored by Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe and Great American Title Company.

What: The Habitat Home Run is a combination of a 1-mile walk and 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs. Those will begin in waves at 7 a.m. Even better, we’ll have folks lined up along the race route and armed with water guns ready to douse you.

More fun: A year after introducing Springfield’s Largest Water Balloon Fight, organizers will roll out a ton of water balloons in a nearby grassy area. The event is anticipated to begin at about 8 a.m. after the races end. Kids will also be treated to water slides, inflatables, food, music, an ice cream social and face painting.

Where: The events are returning to the parking lot of the Price Cutter Plus Supermarket in southwest Springfield, near the corner of Republic and Kansas Expressway. The address is 2021 W. Republic Road.

When: 7 a.m. for Habitat Home Run, 8 a.m. for Springfield’s Largest Water Balloon Fight

Registration: Entry fee for the Habitat Home Run is $20 for the one-mile walk, $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. Add $5 for same-day registration. Mark your favorite charity and they’ll receive $5 of the entry fee. (Ages 5 and younger are free.) The water party is included in race registration for runners in the Habitat Home Run. Click here to register online or click here for a printable version.

Registration Timeline:

Pre-Registration: July 1 – August 26, 2016

Race day registration: 5:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.
Top 3 male and female participants in both 5k & 10k

Online at
Drop off or mail entries to: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO; 2410 S. Scenic Ave, 65807. to download registration forms.

Packet Pick-up: at Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO; 2410 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO 65807 on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All participants are encouraged to bring water blasters, super soakers, and other water toys! We ask that you please bring 25 pre-filled balloons to contribute to the water balloon fight! Event begins at 8 a.m., and all race participants welcome to participate.

Check out the race route here