Organizers of the 12th annual Weston 5K Run and Wellness Walk have been receiving registrations for the Sat., April 13 event from racers throughout the region.
The first race was organized as a means to get local residents interested in becoming physically active, and enjoy a more healthful lifestyle.
“It is exciting for us since we know of people who began walking and running that first year have continued with that habit,” said Julia Spelsberg, who represents the City of Weston in the race planning. “We have racers who have racers who are still enjoying the benefits of walking for that many years. That is very satisfying for all of us.”
Organizers have traditionally added special events or attractions each year. A very popular attraction is the low registration price offered to local students. Students from Lewis County in grades K-12 can preregister for only $3 instead of the normal $15 cost.
“I am really excited that some teachers are aware of the reduced scholarship cost for Lewis County students and are encouraging their students to get motivated and sign up for the race,” said co-organizer Mary Hendricks. “We are paying for the scholarships by selling advertising on the back of the shirts this year. We hope that this will be the encouragement that students need to become to get moving. Our race is not about making money but about getting people moving.”
The other co-organizer is physical therapist John Weber of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. John leads the race every year on his bike and has been coordinator of the race route.
Again, racers are invited to bring their canine friends for the event. Organizers ask that the dogs be well-behaved with other animals and people. Please be sure to bring a cleanup bag for any accidents.
For more information call J. Spelsberg at 304-269-8167. Applications can be obtained at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital or by going to www.stonewallJakcsonhospital.com.