On Thursday morning, July 4, 2019, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville, in conjunction with the Charlottesville Track Club, and with major support from Better Living Inc., will present the 36th Annual Independence Day 5K Race at Forest Lakes North subdivision. Registration and the start/finish line will be near Hollymead Elementary School, but the course will go through Forest Lakes North as before. Proceeds this year will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, whose mission is "to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever." “By partnering with such excellent community groups as the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville, we are able to remain committed to doing what we do best—give kids access to great mentors and positive experiences,” said Athena Gould, Blue Ridge Bigs executive director. See http://www.blueridgebigs.org/about-bbbs for more information.
Some of the area’s fastest 5K times are recorded at this race, which starts at 7:30 a.m. The event is expected to attract more than 250 runners and walkers of all ages. Registration forms and more information are available right now at Ragged Mountain Running Shop at 3 Elliewood Avenue (434-293-3367) and on-line at the CTC web site (http://www.cvilletrackclub.org/july-4.html) or at (https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Charlottesville/KiwanisIndependenceDay5K) “We salute Better Living Inc. for stepping up in a most generous way as a signature sponsor of this event for the thirteenth straight year,” said Kiwanian Matt Haas, this year’s event coordinator.
The Kiwanis Club has been serving the children of Charlottesville and the world for 97 years. The club sponsors Key Clubs at 4 area high schools, a Circle K International Club (CKI) at the University of Virginia, and an Aktion Club at VA Institute of Autism (VIA) and Innisfree Village. Nearly 400 children, youth, and young adults are engaged in energetic service and thoughtful leadership programs. “Over the past three decades, the Kiwanis Independence Day Race has raised more than $135,000, assisting such fine agencies as Big Brothers Big Sisters in their work with children and youth,” said Eric Lamb, current Kiwanis president. See http://kiwaniscville.org
Register early on-line: $25 prior to race day; $20 students; $30 all race day entries at Hollymead Elementary School, 2775 Powell Creek Drive (in Hollymead Subd)