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Race to the Press Box event Saturday at L-EHS

Posted: May 13, 2014 2:42 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS)’s Able Club will host a Race to the Press Box 5K Run/Walk event Saturday at 8 a.m. The event will benefit the L-EHS Able Club Scholarship Fund which presents a scholarship in honor of Rob Evans and Joey Dorton. Evans served as a school resource officer for several Kershaw County schools; Dorton as chair of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. Both Evans and Dorton passed away last year and the race is aimed at honoring them and their contributions to Kershaw County schools.

The Able Club asked Amanda Holland of Lugoff to organize the event.

Holland, a member of the Fitness Zone Runners Club said while she didn’t know Evans or Dorton, many of the women in the club were close to both families.

“I knew that both men had a strong purpose in their communities and I connected with that,” she said.

Holland said the event’s initial goal was to get 50 participants signed up.

“As word got out and students began to get involved, we reached that amount and we moved our goal to 100 participants,” she explained.

Holland noted that although a group of runners from Columbia have signed up, the race will be run and walked mostly by local participants.

“We have a good core group,” Holland said.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School Media Specialist Betsy Long, also a part of the Fitness Runners Club, is also planning on participating in the race.

“I was so glad to hear that a 5K was in the works to honor these two great men who supported our schools and our students in so many ways over the years,” Long said.

Long knew Evans and Dorton and said she considers a scholarship fund to honor both men “very appropriate and would make both of them very proud.” She described Evans as someone who could always make her laugh and Dorton as a great listener.

Both Holland and Long acknowledge that a key goal in relation to the 5K is to promote health and fitness in the community.

“We wanted to have a benefit to get more young adults into school athletics, specifically health and wellness,” Holland said. “We want to reach people who want to start being more active. We’d like to see just as many walkers as we have runners.”

Long addressed health problems connected to a lack of exercise.

“Promoting fitness in our community is crucial. Health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle are at an all-time high. The more that we can do to get people moving, the better chance they have of living a healthy, happy life. Our children deserve this and need this in order to grow into healthy, fully productive adults,” Long said.

The two club members also pointed out that Kershaw County already has an active running community with several annual 5K and 10K races.

“This is also a chance for our running group to expand,” Holland said and encouraged anyone interested in running in a group to join.

Long said she appreciates involvement for other running groups in the community.

“Camden-Lugoff Runners (led by Camden Fire Department Deputy Chief Phil Elliot) and Fitness Zone Runners (led by Heather Willets) have been leaders in encouraging people of all levels, from walkers and beginner runners to veteran runners, to get out and enjoy the support and encouragement of group running,” Long said.

She said several local elementary schools also now have running clubs for children.

“The sooner we individuals develop healthy habits, the more likely these skills are to carry on into natural ways of life, promoting a healthier citizenship for the future,” Long said. “I also think these are things that both Mr. Dorton and Officer Evans would have been proud to support.”

For those still wanting to register for the event, registration will be at L-EHS from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and on Saturday from 6:40 to 7:40 a.m. The race will begin and end at the school. For more information, visit the Able Club of SC Race to the Press Box Facebook page.

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