Ava Yniguez

Ava Yniguez, 11, prepares to shoot Wednesday afternoon at the High Plains Archery Club. The club is hosting the Bad to the Bow 5k on Sunday to raise funds for a larger facility.

A new 5k race aims to kick-start fundraising efforts as High Plains Archery Club considers moving to a larger facility.

The High Plains Archery Club Bad to the Bow 5k is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday starting at the club’s Lincoln Community Center location, 209 S. Cedar St. Race-day registration is $25.

The course will take runners and walkers to Optimist Park and onto the Laramie River Greenbelt before they return to the club for the finish, said race director Diane Martinez.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit She’s A Runner Girl, while most will benefit the club’s search for a new facility.

“We need a bigger building,” Martinez said.

She pointed to the growing popularity of archery, especially among women and children, as driving the need for more space.

“We are literally just outgrowing our little facility,” she said.

The club currently occupies a space on the west side of the Lincoln Community Center. Members can access the indoor range 24 hours a day, while the club also hosts weekly leagues aimed at non-competitive shooters, hunters and traditional shooters.

The club organizes yearly indoor and outdoor competitions using 3-D targets at the Hansen Arena and on the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Martinez said her passion for archery grew out of watching children participate. The Albany County 4-H archery program, for archers from 8-18 years old, has almost 100 members. During a practice season that runs from February-July, they meet once a week to work on basics such stance, technique, safety and discipline.

Club members also compete at the county and state levels on indoor and outdoor ranges.

“That sucked me into it, and now I’m a big advocate for it,” Martinez said of youth archery.

High Plains Archery Club, which is just starting the fundraising process, is considering both renovating an existing building or building a new facility, she said.

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