WESTON - Organizers of the seventh annual Weston 5K Run and Wellness Walk have been receiving registrations for the April 12 event from racers throughout the region. About 230 people registered for the race in 2013. The organizers have a goal of 250 participants this year.
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. "When we announced this year as being our seventh annual race, one of those original racers was surprised that she had been enjoying the benefits of walking for that many years. That is very satisfying for all of us."
Seventh annual Weston 5K Run and Wellness Walk organizers, from left, are Mary Hendricks, Julia Spelsberg and John Weber. The event will be April 12 and run through downtown Weston.
Organizers have traditionally added special events or attractions each year. This year, a low registration prices is being offered to local students. Students from Lewis County in grades K-12 can preregister for only $2, instead of the normal $12 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," co-organizer Mary Hendricks, of St. Patrick Church, said. "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 begin 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. Weber leads the race every year on his bike and has been coordinator of the race route.
Last year was the first year that racers were invited to bring their canine friends for the event. The third place winner in the male division was accompanied by his German pointer. 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.stonewallhospital.com and finding the application for both the race and Wee Run on the left side of the menus.