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Happy Feet 5K Run/Walk coming April 26
SoVaNow.com / March 03, 2014Residents, businesses and community organizations will join together to promote Healthy Exercise and Active Lifestyles at the first Halifax County Happy Feet 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Happy Feet 5K is being organized to lower these statistics and promote a healthier Halifax County. According to the County Rankings and Roadmaps report that measures the health of counties in all 50 states, Halifax County lags 112th out of 133 counties and independent cities in Virginia signaling alarm to rising statistics in heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity & more.
“It is important for each of us to maintain good health and to provide positive examples of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, said Jim Halasz, Halifax County administrator. I strongly support efforts such as the “Happy Feet 5K” on April 26 and hope to be there myself.”
The Happy Feet 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Halifax County Middle School parking lot and is open to all ages to run or walk along the access road between the middle school and Halifax County High School where participants will turn around and head back to the start. Proceeds will enable more students to participate in after-school sports.
“We truly appreciate the efforts of Dr. Virginia Hightower Sargent and the Happy Feet Road Runners Club as they coordinate the Happy Feet 5K Run/Walk event to financially support the HCPS Activity Bus program for high school students,” said Merle Herndon, Halifax County Public Schools superintendent.
Local businesses are encouraged to show their support by signing up to be sponsors for the event. Health organizations are encouraged to promote health awareness. Registered 5K participants will receive water, fruit, snacks, a tee-shirt, access to a training program by a certified Road Runners of America coach and be eligible for raffle prizes. Just as runners and walkers are off, The Happy Feet on the Move session gets under way and features music and exercise routines for those waiting to cheer runners and walkers when they return to the finish line.
A “Happy Feet H.E.A.L.” award will be presented to a business owner, resident, and church group that signs up the most 5K participants. Pre-registration is $15 and $20 on race day. Children under 12 are free w/adult supervision; kids T-shirts are optional at $5.
Everyone can sign up at https://RunSignUp.com/Race/VA/SouthBoston/HappyFeet5k or call (202) 770-7874 for assistance.
Sign up with family, friends, coworkers, social clubs, church groups, school clubs/teams, etc.
The Halifax County Happy Feet 5K Run/Walk is being organized in memory of Virginia Maude Dixon Hightower who was a tireless advocate for goodwill and peace for all Halifax County residents.
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