Fundraisers often have to hit the streets to bring money in for their causes, but in the case of the United Way, they're literally hitting the streets this weekend -- for at least 5 kilometers.
The United Way's first Spring into Health 5K Run & Walk will take place Saturday from the Celebration pavilion on Whitthorne Street at 8 a.m. Registration will be from 7-7:45 a.m. Registrations is $30, with proceeds going to the United Way of Bedford County.
"We've had the Fall Spooktacular for the past three falls and this last October, we had some participants who requested a spring run as well," said Dawn Holley, director of the Bedford County United Way. "So we took that as a successful event. We got the committee back together and started organizing it."
Besides promoting healthy choices and fulfilling requests from avid runners, the event serves another purpose.
"Of course, we always need to raise more money to help more in the community," said Holley.
The 72 runners who preregistered will receive special event T-shirts, but extras were ordered for walk-ups on the day of event.
"They can register as late as 7:45 a.m.," said Holley. "We'll have the T-shirts and goody bags for everyone as long as they last."
There will also be door prizes drawn throughout the morning and Holey expressed her appreciation for area businesses and physicians who are sponsoring the event.
"We've had a lot of good support for this run," she said.
There will be cash prizes for the overall top three men and top three women finishers, as well as ribbons for the male and female top three finishers in each age class. Those include: 9 & Under; 10-12; 13-15; 16-18; 19-28; 29-38; 39-48; 49-58; 59-68; and 69 & Over.
The overall winners will win $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
"We're looking for a great event," said Holley. "We will have a beautiful, beautiful day and we want people to come out."
Visit the United Way of Bedford County online for the link to Active.com and for printable registration form: www.unitedwaybedford.org or call the United Way office for additional information, 684-6685.