Residents Can Pound the Pavement To Help Cherokee County Children
Hosted by the Service League of Cherokee County, the 10th annual Run For The Children 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place next week in downtown Canton.
One of Cherokee County's oldest nonprofit organization hopes residents will lace up their running shoes to help raise money for less fortunate children.
The 10th annual Run For the Children 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, hosted by the Service League of Cherokee County, will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday March 23 in downtown Canton.
Registration fee is $30 today and on race day. Online registration closes on March 20.
All pre-registered participants are guaranteed commemorative long-sleeve Dri-Fit shirts.
The run this year will encourage participants to wear their school colors, bring along their school mascots and football team.
This year's run will also offer a $1,000 award to the school with the most participation at this year's run, which was made possible by a donation from Canton-based law firm Roach, Caudill, and Gunn, LLP and Cherokee Bank.
The organization will also offer cash awards to the top three overall male and female finishers.
The League will have Overall Masters Male/Female awards, and age group awards will be given out three-deep in standard age groups, beginning with 10 and under and going up to 75 and over.
Finish line management and results will be provided by Classic Race Services. This race is part of the Black Bag Race Series.
The expo, which will be held in Brown Park from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., will include:
- Free Child Safety Seat Checks by Safe Kids Cherokee County.
- Demonstrations by RADKids teaching children how to stay safe in case of an attack.
- Martial Arts demonstrations every 30 minutes by ATA Martial Arts, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
- Free Child Identification Kits supplied by David Resendiz and Cotton States/Country Financial (while supplies last).
- Free non-perishable food items and hygiene-related items (while supplies last).
- Children's toothbrushes by Cherokee Children's Dentistry and Dameron Family Dentistry (while supplies last).
- Hand washing demonstrations by the Service League teaching children how to improve personal hygiene by illustrating how much dirt and germs they miss with regular hand washing methods.
The Service League, created in 1935, is an all volunteer organization made up of 80 women who work over 10,000 hours each year to raise money for less fortunate children in Cherokee County.
Along with the run, the League also hosts RiverFest in late September, the popular two-day outdoor arts and crafts festival at Boling Park in Canton.
The money raised by the league helps children obtain eyeglasses, clothing and help helps supports camps and scholarships.