Residents can stay in shape and help out a variety of causes through competitive walk/runs over the next several weeks.
First up is the Lakeside High School Panther 5K, sponsored by the school’s cross country team. Now in its fifth year, the race has a new purpose.
“The parents and kids wanted to create a scholarship,” in memory of Lisa Meitin, the wife of cross country coach Jerry Meitin, said Carrie Brooks, a Lakeside High School teacher and an assistant cross country coach. “It’s been a labor of love.”
Lisa Meitin died in January 2012 from ovarian cancer. Scholarships will be given to one male and one female cross country runner each year.
The Panther 5K will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 at Lakeside High School. While Brooks, a member of the Augusta Striders, thinks there will be some serious runners participating, she feels the community aspect of this race is especially important.
“This is a good way for the kids to feel they are supporting Coach Meitin,” she said.
To register, go to www.active.com. The cost is $20, with other sponsorships levels available.
The Third Annual Frosty’s 5! 5K run/walk will be held Feb. 9 at Greenbrier High School to raise money for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Columbia County.
The event begins at 9 a.m.
Before Feb. 1, registration costs $15 for students and $25 for adults. Registration on race day begins at 8:30 and will cost $25.
Other upcoming races:
• The Strength for Sawyer 5K/One Mile Fun Run will help raise money for 10-year-old Sawyer Mobley, who recently underwent a double lung transplant in St. Louis. The Bel Air Elementary School pupil had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The run will begin at 8 a.m. March 9, at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Magnolia Shelter. Individual registration costs $25, with team rates of $100 for families with four to seven participants and K-12 track teams.
• Wesley United Methodist Church’s youth ministry is raising funds for children it sponsors through Solace for Children with its fifth annual Great Wesley Chase on March 16.
“We currently sponsor two children,” said Patty Gilbert, a middle school youth pastor.
Through Solace for Children, two children from Afghanistan have traveled to American to receive medical treatment. One of them came to the United States for one condition, and doctors discovered a heart ailment, she said.
“It saved his life,” she said.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the church. The 5K begins at 8:30 with the kids’ half-miler at 9:45. The hilly race course travels though Deer Run subdivision. Race fees cost $12 for the half-mile; $17 for military, students and members of the Augusta Striders and $20 for others. For information, call Gilbert at (706) 869-0888.
• The Student Ministry of Journey Community Church will sponsor the Beautiful Feet 5K run/walk March 23 along the Augusta Canal beginning at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The event will raise money for missions to Clarkston, Ga., and the Dominican Republic. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30. Registration costs $25.
To register, go to www.active.com.