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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

News for runners

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Spring is in the air, and it’s time to get out the running shoes and start moving. April 5Ks planned across the region will provide a chance to do just that. 

The Friends of the Lake 5K will give an excuse to jog through springtime at Lake Junaluska when it steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Lake Junaluska’s Weldon Gymnasium. All profits will go to Friends of the Lake, which helps maintain the grounds and recreational facilities at an annual cost of more than $250,000. $30, or $15 for youth 18 and under. www.lakejunaluska.com/events/worship/easter/run.

The Pisgah Pavement Pounder 5K will start at Pisgah High School at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, offering a mostly level course and the chance to help underprivileged students. Proceeds will provide food, clothing and other necessities to students whose needs are identified by the school social worker. $20 through April 15. Register at www.imathlete.com

The Greening Up the Mountains 5K will once more take over Mark Watson Park in Sylva at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, with more than 100 people likely to jumpstart the day with a jog along the relatively flat course. Proceeds benefit the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. $15. Register at www.greeningupthemountains.com/5k_run.

The New Vision Gymnastics Flippin’ 5K will run along the Little Tennessee River Greenway at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in Franklin. Proceeds will benefit the New Vision Gymnastics Competitive Team. $25, and $15 for the Lil’ Flippers Fun Run to start at 8:30 a.m.  Register at www.active.com

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