Catholic Charities West Virginia’s (CCWVa) Seventh Annual Race for Hope will be held May 13 in Elkins, W.Va. The race features a half marathon and a 5k walk/run on the Allegheny Highlands Bike Trail.
“The Race for Hope provides a great way for people to enjoy the natural beauty of our state and to support others in need,” said Teresa Wymer, CCWVa Weston Region director.
The race will start and finish at the Leading Creek Fire Department north of Elkins. Ample water stops and restrooms will be available along the course. Awards for both the half marathon and the 5k will be given for top male and female overall and to the top three finishers in each age group.
Proceeds from the race will support the vital services CCWVa provides in its efforts to alleviate, prevent and reduce poverty in West Virginia. Funds raised will benefit the CCWVa Weston Region, which serves the counties of Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster.
“We’ve been thrilled to see the energy the race has developed over the past few years,” Wymer said. “Runners and walkers really enjoy the course, especially this time of year.”
Registrations may be made online at https://catholiccharitieswv.org/events/race-4-hope/. The pre-registration price is at a discounted rate, and pre-registrants are also guaranteed a T-shirt in the size of their choice. Registration will also be held on the day of the race, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The Race for Hope begins at 10 a.m. Complete details may be found on the CCWVa website. Interested parties who are unable to attend the race on May 13 may participate in the agency’s Virtual Race for Hope. Details for the virtual race are also on the agency’s website.
The CCWVa team members said that they are humbled by the support given to those in need in their area. They are also grateful for the presenting sponsors for this year’s race, AES Corporation and Elkins Auto. Over the past six years, thousands of dollars have been raised by sponsors, community partners, volunteers and the runners.
“People care about their community and do what they can to help others who are struggling,” Wymer said. “We’re looking forward to another inspirational and fun event this year.”