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Lewis County 4-H 5K/Clover Walk Registration Is Open - 10.28.17

The Free Press WV

Registration is under way for the fifth annual 4-H 5K and Clover Fun Run October 28, 2017 at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston.

“October is ‘Join 4-H Month.’ There are all kind of things (nationwide), and one of our ideas was to promote 4-H with a fun run and 5K,” Young Riders 4-H Leader and one of four coordinators Kristi Gannon said. “I’m a nurse (at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for 20 years) and I really feel like health is important. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. We pledge our health to better living, so we wanted to do some kind of fundraiser that would incorporate the health ‘H.’”

While two laps of Jackson’s Mill equates to five miles, children 9 years of age or younger can also participate in the 100-yard clover fun run to benefit the Lewis County 4-H Leaders Association.

“All the money goes toward Lewis County 4-H,” according to Gannon, who coordinates registration.

The top three men and women overall each win a spirit stick, and the top three women and men in their respective age categories win a metal. Race times are determined automatically via a timer on runners’ shoes “the size of a penny,” coordinator Erin Hawkins said.

“When you come across the finish line, it gives you the exact time down to the second,” Hawkins said.

Categories include 12 years of age-and-under, 13-18, ages 19-24, 25-30, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 year and older.

Clover Fun Run children also receive a ribbon with a medal.

Gannon’s sons, Khori, Kaleb and Kyle (students at West Virginia Wesleyan, West Virginia University and Lewis County High School respectively) have also run in the 5K. Track teams, cross country teams and other teams wanting to get in shape have also participated in the annual event.

Hawkins’ 12-year-old son Gavin also runs in the race with his father Jason, grandfather Oscar and two English mastiffs, Bruno and Barron. Hawkins’ parents, Jim and Susie Godfrey, also distribute water halfway through the race.

“We encourage all of our leaders to participate and 4-H members to run and walk,” Gannon said. “Last year was our most-attended and we had more than 100 (participants). It’s grown every year. A lot of times we get people from out-of-state that come to see Jackson’s Mill because the foliage is so pretty during the month of October.”

“(2016’s race) was beautiful weather, perfect. So we’re hoping for beautiful weather again this year,” Hawkins added. “I advocate anything health. This is a fantastic activity.”

Hawkins also collects and organizes registration forms for the annual event.

The race begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration available the day of beginning at 8:30 a.m. The clover fun run begins immediately following the 5K completion.

T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants that register by October 16 at www.signmeup.com, www.iplayoutside.com or www.facebook.com/Lewis-County-4-H-5K-Clover-Fun-Run-1449102825368122/.

Hawkins said past registration bags have included coupons, a water bottle, markers and 4-H information.

Registration is $15 until October 16. It then becomes $20 per participant.

Lewis County 4-H is also planning an open house during the month of October, as well as window and flag displays and competitions along Main Avenue.


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