Ro­tary host­ing River­walk 5K run

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

Come one and all to Rock­mart’s River­walk Fes­ti­val where the Ro­tary Club of Polk County will be host­ing a 5k run, or walk if pre­ferred, dur­ing this com­ing Satur­day, Oct. 21 for the fes­ti­val at Se­aborne Jones Park, 180 W. Elm St. The event be­gins bright and early at 8 a.m.

Early regis­tra­tion for the 5k is $25; Event regis­tra­tion is $35. Those look­ing for the early bird dis­count can sign up at https://www.ac­tive.com/rock­mart-ga/ run­ning/dis­tance-run­ning-races/ro­tary- river­walk-5k-run-2017?int=. Event signups be­gin at 7:15 a.m. and will be held at 100 Church St., next to the park. The course for the run is in and out of the Sil­ver Comet trail from the trail­head.

Money earned from the 5k will go to­wards ben­e­fit­ing The Ro­tary Club of Polk County’s lo­cal schol­ar­ship pro­gram which aids lo­cal stu­dents who are pur­su­ing grad­u­ate, un­der­grad­u­ate, or sec­ondary stud­ies. The schol­ar­ships are open to ev­ery­one but Ro­tary mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. $7.5 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships are given out by Ro­tary each year, on av­er­age, and Ro­tary has given ap­prox­i­mately 350,000 schol­ar­ships.

The Chil­dren’s Fun Run will be held soon af­ter the 5k run for the community’s younger run­ners who want to com­pete.

The fun run is free of charge and will fea­ture a lighter, but still in­ter­est­ing course.

Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Live Well Pro­gram is pro­vid­ing cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship for the run. Live Well is an ini­tia­tive to help the men and women of Polk get ac­tive, eat bet­ter, and start healthy habits by sup­ply­ing in­forma- tion and re­sources re­lated to diet and ex­er­cise. By vis­it­ing http://www.polkhos­pi­tal.org/LiveWell/Pages/de­fault. aspx cit­i­zens can find check­lists, facts, tips, an­swers to fre­quently asked ques­tions, and much more.

The 5k run is one of many ac­tiv­i­ties lined up dur­ing the Rock­mart River­walk Fes­ti­val. Along­side more than 30 ven­dors sell­ing unique crafts and foods, there will be live mu­sic, pump­kin paint­ing, and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions like Ro­tary rais­ing funds. The fes­ti­val is 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. and is free for any­one and ev­ery­one to en­joy.

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