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Coshocton County to have multiple 5ks for good causes

| October 9, 2013

COSHOCTON COUNTY – Stay active and raise money for some good causes here in Coshocton County with three upcoming 5k runs.

The first local upcoming run is the Three Rivers Therapy and The Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance 5k Run, which will be Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at Burt Park in West Lafayette. Although it is too late to pre-register, participants can still sign up the day of the race from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be door prize entries for all registered participants, medals for top finishers in age groups, and professional bib timing for all runners.

“The Central Ohio Spina Bifida raise money through fundraisers to help with medical supplies, equipment, and camps so that any child isn’t left out,” said Rosetta Dickerson.

The race course will be set throughout the village of West Lafayette. The route will be on paved roads and clearly marked. It will begin and end at Burt Park.

“Our children are fighters in every sense of the word,” Dickerson said. “They are so sweet and they don’t let what life has thrown at them get them down. They’re an inspiration to all of us.”

Sponsors for the race are WKLM/WTNS, Buckeye Beverage Barn, Maple & Sons Construction, Wen Mar Farms, Pearl Valley Cheese, Cabot Lumber, Inc., Fruit Growers Marketing Assn, Kraft Food, Upper BP-Sub Express, Dale Gress Real Estate, LLC, Wyler View Farms, Ohio Heritage Bank, The Home Loan Savings Bank, Coshocton Chiropractic Health Center, and Copperhead Creek, Ltd.

“We would like to thank our sponsors and anyone who has helped support us in any way in our journey and who continue to support us,” Dickerson said.

The first Addy Dash event will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Lake Park in Coshocton at the Playvillion. Addy Anne Snyder, the 8-month-old daughter of Pat and Stephanie (Lapp) Snyder, passed away on March 26 while waiting to receive a liver transplant. All proceeds of the event will go to the AddySTRONG Scholarship, which was formed recently in her memory and will be given to a high school senior who is going into the medical field.

“The scholarship was started after Addy was diagnosed and is for any River View senior going into the medical field,” said Tracy Webster, coordinator of the 5K. “That money will help them toward medical school.”

Check-in on race day will be at 8:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 and includes a Dri Fit shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners and door prizes will be available after the race.

“My son was very close to Addy and the family went through a lot, and I thought this would be a good way to remember Addy’s smiling face,” said Webster. “The family has been through so much and they’re so strong!”

Habitat for Humanity Coshocton County is also hosting their first ever 5k run to support the veteran build in West Lafayette. The run will be Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. at Burt Park in West Lafayette. Pre-registration is $20 per runner and must be received by Saturday, Nov. 2. Pre-registration forms are available at www.HabitatCoshocton.org or www.gorunit.net, or a paper copy can be picked up at the Habitat office or Kids America. Race day registration is $25 per runner, and race day registration will be at the picnic shelter at Burt Park from 8 – 8:45 a.m.

“This is our first official veteran’s build where the whole community came on board and participated,” said Sue Hardesty, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. “We had women veterans from veteran organizations in the community when we had the women’s team out there and veterans came together to support them. It’s been an exciting venture for us and we’re very grateful. They do make payments back every month. This is not a free house, and I think that’s a stigma in the community.”

The 5k route will go by the new veterans build. T-shirts will be awarded to all participants. Special awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall and finisher medals will be given to all participants.

“This is our first year doing this and we are excited about the 5k and Sherry Kirkpatrick’s team,” said Hardesty. “We hope to make this an annual event.”

For race day questions, contact Sherry Kirkpatrick at 622-4196 or Julie Feldner at 202-2140.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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