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Participants asked to Run for a Reason
Annual 5K aids scholarship fund
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Forsyth County News

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The Run for Reason 5K will be Saturday at Cumming City Park on Pilgrim Mill Road. Registration, which is $25, begins at 7 a.m. and the run at 8:30 a.m. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call Jeremy Walker at (770) 757-2559 or e-mail runforareason@gmail.com, or visit www.run-for-a-reason.com.

It’s not too late to join a race supporting Forsyth County students.

Since 2008, Run for a Reason has raised money for scholarships for graduating seniors.

Jeremy Walker, president of the nonprofit organization, said the money raised during the annual run is divided among scholarship recipients, one from each Forsyth public high school.

This year’s 5K will be held Saturday, beginning at Cumming City Park on Pilgrim Mill Road. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the run at 8:30 a.m.

Walker said runners of all skill levels are welcome.

“We call it a race/walk because half the people are serious competitors and others just like to walk and enjoy the views,” Walker said. “We’re very community-oriented and we want people to have fun.”

Walker said every year participants compliment the course, which takes runners up and back down Pilgrim Mill Road. “It’s just gorgeous with the views of the horse farm and Sawnee Mountain.”

He said last year’s run drew about 80 participants. He’s hoping for more this year.

Students chosen for the scholarships are picked by a committee of four residents, Walker said.

“We look for academic excellence and community involvement,” Walker said of the applicants. “They also have to write an essay explaining how they plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle in college and beyond.”

Walker said about 20 applications were received for this year’s scholarships.

“We’re still a young organization and we hope as we grow, we’ll see more applicants each year,” Walker said.