07-23-14-run-for-the-red.gifThe American Red Cross Highlands Chapter hosts its 8th Annual Run for the Red 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday Aug. 2, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. All race proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross, in efforts to provide much-needed emergency services for our community as well as communities around the world. The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in its training programs; CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training.

There are seven age groups, Cash prizes will be rewarded to the top three male and female runners overall. First, second and third place in each age division will receive a prize. Awards will also be given to the group who has the largest participation.

The Highlands Chapter encourages anyone to participate in honor of the hero who impacted a life, a family member’s or a friend’s — to honor the thousands of heroes who, trained by the Red Cross, are ready to help. According to the Highlands Chapter website, the Run for the Red supports programs and services to help the community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Phil Harris, the executive director, said, “You’re not just signing up to run, you’re signing up to help your neighbor.” He is expecting about 350 runners as well as 100 volunteers. Every year he has more and more people show their support. Harris also said that many groups come out to volunteer as a team-building event. He encourages anyone and everyone to come out to help. Locally, the money raised will go directly to the organization. In Fayetteville alone, there is one house fire a day and that’s something Harris and his team are passionately trying to help change. Not only with issue of the fire itself, but with the disaster that comes with it. The Highlands chapter will provide food, clothing and shelter with money raised from local events.

According to the official Red Cross website, the Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, in these events the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. The Red Cross helps military members, veterans, and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. Their services help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.

The starting point of the race is at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. The trail will lead runners downtown and through the Haymount area. Along the route, there are water stations, and motivation from the crowds. Register online for the Run for the Red, and gain access to online fundraising tools, including your own personal webpage. This online advantage will help participants raise money, gain more team me, build morale and update followers on their success. Registration fees are non-refundable. After registering, pick up yourmbers packet on Aug. 1, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m or the morning of the event at 5:30 a.m. This event takes place rain or shine. T-shirts are for sale for $8. If you’d like to make a difference but aren’t really a runner, you can always volunteer, and be a part of making this event come to life and be a huge help behind the scenes, just email at RunfortheRedHighlands@redcross.org. For registration fees or other information regarding Run for the Red please call (910) 867-8151 or email to RunfortheRedHighlands@redcross.org.

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