WV 5K Championship offering free running classes



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A series of free running classes at the Marshall Recreation Center will begin May 21 and 23 and last five weeks, leading up to The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship on June 22.


Those interested are encouraged to act now because classes are filling up fast. In order to qualify for the free class, race director Pat Riley is encouraging those who have never completed a 5K to take the class.


“I felt that we can help bring more people into the running community by partnering with the Rec Center to provide these free classes to those who have never ran a 5K before and were thinking about doing one,” Riley said.


For more information about the Rec Center running classes, contact Michele Muth at pallante1@marshall.edu or at 304-696-2943.


Registration for the West Virginia 5K Championship is also available at www.WV5K.com. 


The race is Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 8 a.m. Registration is $20 before June 5. Participants must register by June 11 to get their names on their bib numbers and by June 17 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Entry fees are non-refundable. Participants may also send a print registration form to: WV 5K Championship, 613 Shaw Street, Barboursville, WV 25504. Make checks payable to WV 5K Championship.

“The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship was very successful last year, but this year, we want it to be even bigger and better,” said Pat Riley, race director. “I encourage everyone to register early. We have a lot of different and exciting incentives this year. This is one of the largest and fastest races in Huntington, and this year, the race falls on West Virginia’s 150th anniversary weekend. What better way to celebrate West Virginia than by entering the West Virginia 5K Championship? We encourage runners and walkers of all ages to participate. It’s a fun event that will help fight childhood obesity in our area. So, you can make a difference while getting healthy yourself.”


The proceeds of the West Virginia 5K Championship will be invested in efforts to curb childhood obesity in United Way of the River Cities’ five-county service area.


“The money raised by the race will be used to fund local efforts to help prevent childhood obesity,” said Laura Gilliam, United Way executive director. “United Way of the River Cities will release a special Request for Proposals in the early spring. Funding will target those outcomes that reduce risk factors for childhood obesity.”


In 2012, the race raised $19,000 for United Way of the River Cities, and more than 800 people finished. In 2009, 519 participants finished the race. The race has grown steadily since then, with 541 finishers in 2010 and 680 finishers in 2011.


To register or for more information about The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship, visit www.WV5K.com. Also contact United Way of the River Cities at 304-523-8929 or liveunited@unitedwayrivercities.org or visit www.unitedwayrivercities.org.


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