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Ballwin Race Series Sets Up For 'Midnight Howl'

Organizers within the City of Ballwin set their sights on the Midnight Howl 5K in November.

More than 180 participants took part in the fourth Annual Ballwin Kids Triathlon last month, when the Pointe at Ballwin Commons became the hub for an outdoor competition for Ballwin's next generation of athletes.

However, the finale for the 2011 Ballwin Race Series—the city's inaugural year hosting seven different types of races throughout the community—is scheduled for next month.

On Nov. 11, (formerly Lone Wolf Coffee Co.) will co-host the race, which begins at The Wolf Public House then winds through the area southwest of Clarkson and Kehrs Mill roads before looping back to The Wolf.

(Editor's Note: The complete course map is available here.)

"It's a fun race," Ballwin Fitness Manager Matt Struemph said.

In addition to individual race awards, Struemph said the 2011 Race Series will conclude with an award issued to the overall highest-scoring male racer and female racer using a point system that encourages participation in as many of the series events as possible.

"So essentially, you could have a 15 year old female who did every race earn the most point just because she was in the most races," Struemph said.

Organizers in the Ballwin Parks and Recreation Department said a portion of the proceeds next month's race generates will benefit the Endangered Wolf Center, a facility in Eureka aimed at protecting endangered wolves. Struemph said he expects the race to attract nearly 400 participants.

To register for the event or learn more information, visit the official City of Ballwin website.

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