The 17th Annual King of the Hill Run is slated for Saturday, Sept. 17 and will include three events: a 5k, 10k, and Kid’s Fun Run/Obstacle Course. The 5k/10k will start at Stokes Family YMCA and finish at the Y. The 5k makes a loop through a nearby neighborhood, and the 10k will follow the same path initially but travel to and through Central Park and loop back to the Y. For younger children, the Fun Run is being held in the playground area in the back of the building at the YMCA.

The event has drawn 138 runners in the past and organizers hope to welcome even more this year.

“The King of the Hill is a challenging course with many hills, hence the name,” said Wellness Director Tiffany Boyles. “It brings our community together to support an important cause, LIVESTRONG, a program that helps cancer survivors find their new normal after treatment.”

LIVESTRONG fulfills an important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong again. The program is free to participants thanks to the YMCA Annual Giving Campaign and events like this.

Over the past three years, the event has raised $14,945 and this year hopes to bring in $6,350.

“One of the best parts of the YMCA King of the Hill Race is seeing people overcome challenges they didn’t think they could accomplish,” Boyles said. “We want people to know that they can be healthy and fit, no matter where they start. Our participants and sponsors know you can make a difference in our community by supporting our neighbors in need through programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.”

To register for the 17th Annual King of the Hill Run visit the Stokes Family YMCA or their website stokesymca.org.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

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