Elkton To Host First Elk Run Trail Run/Walk 4 Life

Posted: September 5, 2013

The first annual Elk Run Trail 5k Run/Walk 4 Life will start at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Elk Run Trail in Elkton.

The Friends of Elk Run Trails and the Elkton Area Community Center — which has been running the East Rockingham 5k/10k races since July —are hosting this upcoming event in conjunction with the American Cancer Society of Harrisonburg. EACC administrator Allison Morris says this event, which benefits breast cancer research, is paramount for those participating.

“Most times with a charity event that involves a disease, those participating have someone near and dear [who has fallen] victim to it, and they fully embrace the cause,” she said. “When we were choosing our event, we immediately thought of cancer.”

Race coordinator Sam Woody agrees with Morris, he expects those who plan on participating to be both competitive and caring.

“You don’t have to be an Olympic runner to sign up,” said Woody, who is also the trail maker for the event. “Most of the races we hold are semi-competitive. People want to participate, especially when the event is for a cause.”

Those who plan on participating should know that Woody — who has so far cut about 14 miles of trail on his own — is very hands-on when it comes to maintaining the course. He makes it his duty to keep the trails in great condition through each race day.

“Right now, we’re running a race every month,” said Woody. “The more you run on [the trails], the easier it is to maintain them.”

As for the success of the event, both Morris and Woody hope to continue raising money and awareness for cancer throughout the year by hosting similar events.

“We’re trying to link each race we organize with a cause, whether it be for Alzheimer’s, melanoma or any other widespread ailment in need of funding,” said Woody. “This is our first year doing the trail series; we’re still trying to figure things out. We just hope the town council will continue to back us and help promote our events.”

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. race day. Runners take off at 8:30 a.m. Prior to the start, those who registered early will receive a gift bag containing a T-shirt, granola bars, ACS items, a coupon for a week’s membership with the EACC, four Massanutten Water Park tickets and various restaurant gift cards. Participants can pick up bags between 7-8:30 a.m.

Runners/walkers can register prior to the start of the race by printing out the form via the EACC website, elktonva.gov/centerdetails.html#walk4acure, and sending it to Elkton Area Community Center, Attn: Elk Run 5k Walk/Run 4 a Cure, 20593 Blue & Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827. Cost of registration is $35; checks should be made out to Elkton Area Community Center.

Contact Therran Dennis at 574-6218 or tdennis@dnronline.com.

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