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DME’s Race To Read set for Sept. 29; early registration deadline extended to Sept. 12

Posted: September 11, 2012 5:30 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2012 5:00 a.m.

For the past four years, when the Doby’s Mill Elementary’s (DME) Race to Read participants have lined up, there’s been at least two members of the Adongo family present. It’s become a tradition the family looks forward to.

"Though it is tough to do in this day and age, we as a family are trying hard to live a healthier lifestyle," said Heidi Adongo.

"We eat right and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. This way, we instill a healthy lifestyle in our daughter."

This year, Race to Read is set for Saturday, Sept. 29.

The early registration deadline (which provides reduced rates and the guarantee of a t-shirt or DeFeet socks) has been extended to Sept. 12. KershawHealth is a partner in making Race to Read possible.

"Last year we had over 120 children -- ranging in age from newborn to 15 -- who participated in the one-mile walk and fun run," said DME librarian and Race to Read Organizer Betsy Long.

"As an athlete and educator, it is one of my personal missions to teach as many people as possible about the joys of exercise and healthy living. I have witnessed at least three parents go from completely sedentary to rather active individuals because they wanted to complete the Race to Read fun run or walk with their children."

Long said that the Race to Read is comprised of three events -- a one mile walk, one-mile fun run and a five-mile road race.

"We have many Doby’s Mill families -- including the Adongos -- who use the school’s nature trail as a daily way to exercise, especially leading up to the Race to Read," Long said.

"But the event is not just limited to Doby’s Mill families; we invite persons from across our community to participate."

Long said last year’s event had so many families from surrounding schools that they awarded two sets of awards -- one group for DME students and the other group for students from other schools.

"It’s heartwarming to see former DME students continue to return to participate," Long said.

"I’d say that if we can get pre-teens and teenagers to show up at their former elementary school on a Saturday morning, we have certainly succeeded in instilling a concept of healthy living in at least some of our population."

The race’s name comes from a desire to link reading with a healthy lifestyle.

"The proceeds of the race benefit the Kershaw County Public Library," Long explained. "In the past, we’ve purchased books on yoga, dance, vegetarian cooking and backyard gardening for our public library. This truly is a strong partnership to ‘exercise minds and bodies’ in our community."

Race to Read begins at 8 a.m. on Sept. 29.

The course is around the school located at 1964 Ft. Jackson Blvd in Lugoff. Early online registration is $10 for the one-mile walk/fun run and $25 for the five-mile race and can be done at www.strictlyrunning.com.

Online registration rates increase by $5 after Sept. 12.

For more information, contact Long at eliza beth.long@kcsdschools.net.

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