Peanut Fest 5K set

Published 2:53 pm Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hundreds of people turned out in June to participate in the Suffolk on the Move 5K, sponsored by the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community. The organization plans another 5K race on Saturday, prior to the Peanut Festival parade downtown.

After getting Suffolk residents on the move in June, the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community is hoping to get people up and about again before Peanut Fest.

The organization is hosting its first Peanut Fest 5K Run/5K Walk on Oct. 1 at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina, with check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m. and the run/walk starting at 7:30 a.m.

“It’s to provide an additional opportunity to be active and do something in conjunction with Peanut Fest,” said Karen Brower, the chairman of the group’s Healthy Eating and Fitness Committee.

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The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by Wednesday.

The event is part of the partnership’s Suffolk on the Move initiative and is an addition to the group’s Suffolk on the Move 5K, which has been held in June the past two years.

Brower said many of the Suffolk on the Move race participants wanted a fall race to take advantage of nicer weather.

“Both years we did it, we did a survey of the participants and had a request for doing something at a cooler time of year, as well,” she said. “This event is a scaled-down version of our June events.”

Participants can complete the race at their own pace, whether running or walking, and it will not be timed.

Brower said the Peanut Fest race will follow a similar route to the Suffolk on the Move 5K, but unlike the June event, there will be no one-mile race offered.

The Peanut Fest also will take place a little earlier in order to be completed before the Peanut Fest parade begins at 10 a.m.

“We thought it would be good to tie to two together,” Brower said. “Many of the people we partner with are already out there, so it made it feasible for us to do it at the same time.”

Water will be provided at the event, but attendees hoping to know their completion time should bring a stopwatch.

Registration forms are available at

For more information, contact the Suffolk Partnership for a Health Community at 238-3261.