Ashland puts on its running shoes

September 16, 2018 by  

This October, the 15th Annual Ashland Harvest Run will start at Carter Park, and features both a 10K and a 5K race.

The two sets of runners will begin their trek by railroad tracks, through town, and around the Randolph-Macon campus. The route was planned to be scenic and enjoyable, and as an added benefit, the runners will be professionally chip-timed, and these routes will count as marathon qualifying events.

The Harvest Run event acts as a fundraiser for local groups. Organized by the GFWC Ashcake Woman’s Club, the event has raised over $178,000 through the years, which is also thanks in part to corporate gifts. This year, the proceeds will go to three different organizations. The first is CIRCLES Ashland, which focuses on poverty and homelessness in the local community. The Arc of Hanover provides support to approximately 300 people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Wings of Hope Ranch is a horse rescue that also provides riding lessons for youths in difficult situations.

Registration is $30 per person, regardless of which race is entered. There will be medals given out to the top two runners in both the 10K and the 5K for males and females. Early registration also gives a free T-shirt.

The Harvest Run is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 20. The 10K run will start at 8:00 am, and the 5K will start 10 minutes later.