Jul 12 2016 | Written By Jennifer McHugh, Director of Public Affairs and Financial Education

Registration is open for the 22nd Annual Royal Credit Union Charity Classic which is being held on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Races begin and end in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park. The day kicks off with a 10k walk/run at 8 a.m., followed by a 2-mile walk/run at 9:30 a.m., then two children’s races—a ½-mile race beginning at 10:15 a.m. and a ¼-mile race beginning at 10:25 a.m. Registration is available online at in the news and events section or at any Royal Credit Union office.

Registration for the 10K and 2-mile is $25 through August 31, $30 through October 4 or $35 the day of the race.  Registration for the children’s races is $10 through August 31 $15 through October 4 or $20 the day of the race.  The event also features a diverse selection of t-shirts. Participants can chose from the cotton/ploy blend  t-shirt included in the registration cost, or for an additional fee, purchase long and short sleeve technical t-shirts available in men’s and women’s sizes. 

Proceeds from the 2016 Charity Classic are being donated by the Royal Credit Union Foundation to benefit Beaver Creek Reserve (BCR) in Fall Creek, WI. This is the second of a two-year, $50,000 commitment to support the professional remodel of the Discovery Room in the BCR nature center.  The Royal Credit Union Foundation donation is funding the remodel of the Discover the Deep Woods exhibit.

BCR features more than 400 acres of diverse habitat including upland woods, river bottom forests, wetlands and savannah areas. In addition to the nature center, BCR features a citizen science center, butterfly house, observatory, youth camp, obstacle course, maple sugar shack, nature store, field research station, and a charter science school. More than 50,000 people visit Beaver Creek Reserve annually.

The Charity Classic has been held annually since 1994, with the proceeds each year going to different charities.  Typically held the last Saturday in June, organizers of the event moved the 2016 date to October 8 due to construction of the parking ramp near Royal’s Corporate Center on Riverfront Terrace. In order to provide the comfort and convenience race participants are used to experiencing at the event, Royal decided to delay the race a few months to allow for construction to be completed on the facility. Parking will be available in the parking ramp on the North side of the Royal Credit Union Corporate Center and the Municipal Parking Ramp between Farwell and Barstow Streets.

Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union serving over 160,000 Members with 24 full service offices.  Wisconsin locations are in Amery, Balsam Lake, Chippewa Falls, Colby, Eau Claire, Hudson, Menomonie, New Richmond, Osceola, Rice Lake, River Falls, St. Croix Falls, Somerset, and Whitehall. Royal Credit Union Minnesota locations are in Edina, Coon Rapids, and St. Paul. Royal is driven by a core ideology which is built on strong purpose and values. Royal is certified by the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 18 counties in Western Wisconsin, 12 counties in Minnesota, or are a Realtor in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Visit or call Royal Credit Union at 1-800-341-9911 for more information.