Walking, running, riding for charity

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Johnny Jackson


Area residents are being asked to tie up their gym shoes, and oil their bike chains, in local racing, riding, and walking events to support local charities.

Truett's Grill is sponsoring its 'Run of the Mill' 5K Race, while Epic Bikes of McDonough is planning to sponsor a 60K Bike Ride -- both on Saturday, April 23, and both to benefit the James Michael Everett Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund was created in memory of James Michael Everett who, at the age of 13, was killed in a car accident along Mill Road in July 2004, according to Tim Kohl, of Epic Bikes of McDonough.

Kohl said the 5K Race will step off at 8 a.m., on Mill Road, adjacent to Truett's Grill in McDonough. The 60K Bike Ride, led by representatives from Epic Bikes of McDonough, will commence at 7:55 a.m., prior to the 5K Race.

"It's going to be a fantastic day," said Kohl, noting Saturday's sunny and warm weather forecast.

Kohl said the race will take a 3-mile loop in McDonough, while the ride will traverse a 36-mile loop through Henry and Spalding counties.

"First and foremost, it's about fitness and health," he said. "It's about community and contribution. It's a good cause, and it's fun."

Kohl said registration for the 5K Race is $25, and children 14 years old and under may register for $20.

The bike ride is $15 for riders, age 16 and up. Helmets are required. Riders may register online at www.Active.com, by 7 p.m., on Friday.

In another fund-raiser, The Henry County Council on Aging is inviting the public to participate in the 15th Annual Miles-For-Meals Walk/Run , which will benefit services and programs for senior adults in Henry County.

Proceeds will go toward Henry County's home-delivered meals program, also known as the Meals on Wheels, according to Rita Green, volunteer coordinator of Henry County Senior Services.

"We deliver... 250 hot meals each day to seniors in Henry County," Green said.

The event will take place Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m., until noon. Participants are asked to register at the Jason T. Harper Event Center in Heritage Park, 95 Lake Dow Road, in McDonough. Registration starts at 8 a.m., for the Run, followed by a 9 a.m., registration for the Walk, which steps off at 10 a.m.

Green said the event will include a live disc jockey and cook-out, after the races. She said the event's $25 registration fee will cover the meal as well as a free T-shirt.

Those interested in donating to the Meals on Wheels program, can leave donations at the Heritage Senior Center, 1050 Florence McGarity Blvd., in McDonough.