Charleston Distance Run Offers Distance Walks

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The event may be called the Charleston Distance Run, but that doesn't mean you have to be a runner to participate.

This year's CDR, scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 31, also offers 5K and 10K walks that provide an opportunity for people of all fitness levels to be part of this historic race.

For just $20 if you register by Aug. 21, you can participate in the noncompetitive 5K or 10K walks. The fee increases to $25 after that date if you register by 9 p.m. Aug.30. Here's what you will get for your money - a pre-race pasta dinner the night before the event; a technical T-shirt and a goody bag; a special finisher's medal; and a post-race awards luncheon.

Most importantly, participants in the walks can do something positive for their health and be involved in the excitement and tradition of the historic Charleston Distance Run. This year's edition marks the 41st anniversary of the 15-mile run and the 21st anniversary of the 5K run.

The course for the 5K walk is flat and fast. It follows the same route as the 5K run, starting at the state Capitol, rolling along the Kanawha River and downtown streets before finishing at the University of Charleston's Laidley Field. Looking for even more of a challenge? Try the 10K walk. It also starts at the state Capitol and takes a different path that includes a tough climb through Spring Hill Cemetery before finishing at Laidley Field.

Sign up today, bag a bargain and participate in the Charleston Distance Walks. It's a great way to get in shape and have fun with your friends, family members and coworkers. Register today at www.charlestondistancerun.com. Mail-in registration forms also can be printed from the site.

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