By GERRI GRADY
Cherokee Runners Couch to 5K is in its seventh week and will culminate in the group’s 3rd annual Sunset 5K Run/Walk that will be held on Thursday, July 4. The event will include a 1-mile fun run that begins at 7:15pm and the 5K will begin at 7:45pm. The registration fee for the 5K is $15 while the fun run is $10.
Come celebrate with the 4th of July with a fast, fun 3.1 run through downtown Cherokee, starting at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. This race will help support the Cherokee Special Olympics. Race information is available on the web www.cherokeerunners.com, or register at https://beta.active.com/cherokee-nc/running/races/4th-of-july-sunset-5k-racerunwalk-2013-9655 or call (828)736-5268 for more information. Seth Holling is the 2013 race director while the race promotional coordinator is Stephan Swimmer.
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners nation-wide declare their passion for running. This is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport that is simple, inexpensive, and fun. It is the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick-off a lifetime and life-changing commitment. On Thursday, June 6, come run a few minutes with the Cherokee Runners Couch to 5K runners in a short 15-minute run/walk special trail social.
The Downhill at Dawn Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) took place on Saturday, June 2 starting at 6am in Black Mountain. Several Cherokee Runners participated in this event and Priscilla Squirrell placed second in her age group and set a new PR for the half marathon. Charlie Myers and Elnora Thompson also placed in their age groups. In addition to them, Nick and Angel Squirrell, Robin and Stephan Swimmer, Jimmy Oocumma, Michael Henson, Alicia Jacobs, Samantha Ferguson, Carolina Oocumma and Deb Bradley completed the race.
The Cherokee Runners invites anyone to join the group. It meets each month on the second Tuesday at 5pm at the Age Link Conference Room. Also visit the website at www.cherokeerunners.com.