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'Run for a Reason' encourages health
Event Saturday at Cumming City Park
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Forsyth County News

If you go

Online registration for the Run for a Reason 5K is $20 and is open until midnight Thursday. All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Day-of registration is $25 and will begin at 7 a.m. For more information, call (770) 757-2559. To register, go online at www.run-for-a-reason.com.

Jeremiah Walker expects as many as 200 people will have a reason to run Saturday.

Helping Forsyth’s youth and promoting a healthy lifestyle is the goal behind the fifth annual "Run for a Reason" 5K.

The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Cumming City Park off Pilgrim Mill Road, will help raise money for student scholarships, said Walker, event organizer and 10th-grade English teacher at Forsyth Central High.

“Our goal is to help students understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating healthy habits in their everyday lives while promoting education beyond the high school level,” Walker said.

Money raised from the race and local business sponsorships will be used for scholarships awarded to one graduating senior at each of the five public high schools in Forsyth County. Last year, 100 people participated and scholarship winners were awarded between $500 and $1,000, Walker said.

In addition to the scholarships for individual students, this year the organization has kicked off a friendly competition for all local schools. The one that provides the most support for the race will get money toward its general athletic fund and will be given a trophy bearing the school’s name.

“It’s going to be passed around from winning school to winning school each year,” Walker said.

Funds for the schools will not impact the money given through the scholarships, which will continue to be the main focus of the event. But unlike many scholarships, the Race for a Reason funds will not go to the top students at each school. Those students likely will have no problem getting financial aid for college, said Walker.

The scholarship is open to all college-bound students who obtain at least a 2.5 grade-point average and have goals to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“We understand that there are students who may have made mistakes freshman or sophomore years of high school, but have really worked hard [their] junior and senior years to get their GPA up, and they really want to seek higher education, but they may not have the financial capabilities to do so,” Walker said.

“Every year, it is amazing to see how the community comes together to laugh, run and enjoy the company of those who make such an opportunity for these students possible.”