CLARKSBURG, Va. (WV News) – This weekend’s Harrison County YMCA 5K Walk / Run will support youth programming in Clarksburg, according to CEO Benton Walker.
“Most of our events this year will go towards our mission, which is to help support youth and build community,” Walker said. “Youth and family are really our goal for us in the coming months.”
The 5K will make two laps around the VA Fitness Course, near the Little League baseball diamonds and Clarksburg Dog Park, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the VA Memorial Park in Clarksburg.
The 2020 race has been canceled due to guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“5K will also be open to non-competitive walkers or families who just want to come and walk,” Walker said. “Getting back to normal is very, very important to us, but being gradual and strategic was also very important when we started to develop programs. “
One program Walker hopes will continue to grow is the Youth Track, a sport he has noted as a popular activity in his home state of Georgia and others, while also building on the quality of existing programs.
Earlier this year, program coordinator Kaitlynn Mayle said youth development is critical as the region emerges from the pandemic.
“Getting these kids out, socializing, playing games and getting them back into the community is my main goal,” she said.
YMCA leaders received $ 1,500 in funding from the Harrison County Commission to help cover approximately $ 3,000 in 5K-related expenses.
While most of the staff will volunteer during 5K, others will participate competitively or for fun.
Race director Richard Iaquinta, who Walker called one of the organization’s biggest advocates, noted that more than 50 residents signed up for 5K but expected more on Saturday morning. Iaquinta himself also participated in the race.
A member of the YMCA, Iaquinta is also involved in the youth organization of basketball and swimming.
“(Harrison County YMCA) helps a lot of kids who can’t afford it, has a lot of different events and programs. They try to help kids get the best possible start,” Iaquinta said. “My son (Christopher) and I have enjoyed the YMCA immensely since he was young and playing in the basketball league.
Professionals from a Nutter Fort dental office should also volunteer by handing out water.
“I think we’ll have a pretty successful event on Saturday,” Walker said.
Registration can always be completed at www.harrisoncountyymca.org, by calling 304-623-3303 or by visiting the facility at 1 Lowndes Hill Park Road in Clarksburg or in person on race day from 7:30 p.m. near the baseball fields. . Early registration is $ 20 while the day of registration is $ 25.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each of the multiple age groups as well as the top three men and women overall.
Race participants can wear a face cover if they wish, but are not required to.
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