Those who are looking for inspiration to shed those unwanted holiday pounds or to get in shape for a race will have plenty of local opportunities in 2014.
The reasons for the runs vary, but all are with either worthy causes in mind or just for the love of running.
On Saturday, Jan. 11, Georgia Regents University Physician Assistant Class of 2015 opens with the Superhero Resolution 5K at Savannah Rapids Park. Benefits go to the Christ Church Health Clinic, which provides healthcare to underprivileged in Augusta.
Sponsored by Hopeful Hounds Inc. and the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue (ABTCR), the 4th Annual Dog Gone Cold 5K run/walk is Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Julian Smith BBQ Pit. The 1-mile fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. All runners and walkers are encouraged to participate with their four-legged friends.
Also on Jan. 25, the 4th Annual Trot to Adopt 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run will be held at Blanchard Woods Park beginning at 10 a.m. Funds raised will go to help three local families finalize their adoptions as well as the Village of Hope in Grabouw, South Africa, a care facility for children infected or affected by HIV, AIDS and TB.
In February, the Panther 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Lisa Meitin Memorial Scholarship is Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Lakeside High School beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go to fund two scholarships for eligible high school senior cross country runners in Richmond and Columbia Counties.
In February, the 3rd Annual Reid on the Run, honoring Sterling Ivey, is Saturday, February 22 starting at the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the run will benefit University Hospital’s Breast Health Center and the Children’s Ministry of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church.
The annual GRU Augusta Half Marathon & 10K returns Sunday, February 23 and starts from downtown Augusta at 8 a.m.
The Eighth Annual Heart and Sole 5K Walk/Run is Saturday, March 1, starting at the Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center at 9 a.m. Heart and Sole Inc. supports the following departments in financial donations: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Childlife Specialist (including Camp StrongHearts), Pediatric Cardiology and General Surgery.
Inspired by the Color Run, the Tye-Dye 5K Family Fun Run is Saturday, March 8 at Evans Middle School. Start the race wearing white and pass through color stations along the course, finishing wearing a rainbow of colors.
The “Fifth Annual” Great Wesley Chase 5K Run/Walk (and half-mile fun run) for Solace for the Children is Sunday, March 16 at the United Methodist Church at 825 Belair Road in Evans beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monies raised go to provide medical treatment for children in Afghanistan.
Capping off the month is the Beautiful Feet 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 22 at the Savannah Rapids Canal beginning at 8:30 a.m. Funds will help the Student Ministry of Journey Community Church raise money for July mission trips to Clarkston, Ga. and the Dominican Republic.
For information on these and other area races, go to http://www.runningintheusa.com/race/ListByCityRadius.aspx?Rank=All&State....