The competition at Scotland Memorial Foundation’s next fundraiser will be healthy in more ways than one.
The ninth annual FUNd Run-4-Life will be held on April 20. Offering a one-mile fun walk, a 5K, and a half marathon, the event provides a way for anyone of any age to participate. Some 500 people are expected at the event as runners, spectators, and volunteers.
All races will begin on the Scotland Memorial Hospital campus, with the 13.1-mile half marathon winding through the campuses of St. Andrews University and Scotia Village. The 5K proceeds down Dogwood Mile and across the St. Andrews pond. Both the 5K and half-marathon courses have been certified by U.S.A. Track and Field, and water stations will be provided along the way.
The one-mile walk consists of a leisurely stroll around the hospital campus, enabling those of all ages and fitness levels to join in.
“We often have a cardiac rehab patients who do the mile fun walk and that’s the first mile they’ve ever walked,” said Scotland Memorial Foundation Director Kirsten Dean. “That’s a nice family-friendly event to run or walk, and it’s a great event for those new to exercising.”
The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 a.m., and the fun walk at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m.
For family entertainment, a Kids Zone will be provided and manned by St. Andrews University students, with a bounce house, a train, face painting, and other children’s activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Race fees are $45 for the half marathon, $20 for the 5K, and $5 for the fun walk. For students, rates are discounted to $25 for the half marathon and $10 for the 5K.
All proceeds will be directed to the Diabetes Education Fund, which supports the Foundation’s annual diabetes fair as well as supplies for patients with financial concerns and educational materials for newly-diagnosed diabetes patients.
The event attracts locals as well as running enthusiasts throughout the region, including many former Scotland County residents.
“We do get people from everywhere, we get people originally from here to come back,” said Dean. “Also it’s on St. Andrews’ alumni weekend, so it’s a really big deal for us to be able to partner with St. Andrews. We really appreciate St. Andrews and Scotia Village and the residents of the neighborhoods that we go through.”
Participants can register ahead of time by accessing an entry form at scotlandhealth.org and mailing it and the entrant’s fee to Scotland Memorial Foundation, 500 Lauchwood Drive, Laurinburg, NC, 28352. Checks should be made payable to Scotland Memorial Foundation.
Registration for all races will also be open from 6:30-7:30 on the morning of the event. Those who pre-register may pick up their packets from 4-6 p.m. on April 19 at the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center.