Sunny 5K gets 300 running and walking

Published 7:35 pm Saturday, June 22, 2013

The fourth Annual Suffolk on the Move 5K Run/Walk went off without a hitch on June 8 after severe weather the day before hampered pre-event preparations.

But the sun was shining brightly Saturday morning, proving it to be a great day in Suffolk to meet up with friends, neighbors and families for a great cause. More than 300 enthusiastic walkers and runners from ages 2 to 92 warmed up with Charles Gates and his upbeat message and music at Constant’s Wharf. By the time of the call for the first group of runners, everyone was pumped up and ready to get moving.

Organized by the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community and the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Department, the non-competitive event encourages all of Suffolk to be more physically active and live a healthy life.

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“The goal of the event is to provide a fun, family-oriented atmosphere to raise awareness of the benefits of active living,” said Robbie Laughton, executive director of the partnership. “We encourage everyone to participate at their own pace and complete the course. Everyone who participates is a winner and reaps the benefits of being physically active.”

After completing the course, participants enjoyed bananas, granola bars and water at a healthy food station. Participants also received a pedometer, a stadium cup and other gifts. Door prizes donated by local businesses were drawn at the conclusion of the event. Sponsors of this year’s event include the Virginia Department of Health, Obici Healthcare Foundation, Healthy People/Healthy Suffolk, Subway, Amici’s, Eternawell Comprehensive Wellness, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk Department of Tourism, The Plaid Turnip and the City of Suffolk.

If you missed out on the fun this time, make plans now to attend the next 5K event in October in conjunction with the Peanut Festival.