08 5kOn March 3, the streets around and near Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville will be transformed into a USA Track and Field certified race route for the Second Annual American Warrior 5K Walk and Run, sponsored by His Outreach Worldwide. All proceeds from the race will benefit His Bread of Life Food Bank of Fayetteville.

According to HOW’s website, His Bread of Life is a “Christian food bank ministry, working with area churches to help feed children and families in need.” The food bank is used to support the food ministries of local churches.

His Bread of Life also works closely with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity to “stock the pantries of the homes they build.” The organization uses the annual 5K to keep the food bank operating so that it can continue to benefit the Fayetteville and Cumberland County area.

According to Lynne O’Quinn, president of HOW, people of all fitness levels are encouraged to attend the 5K. Pre-registration costs $25 and day-of registration costs $30. Military personnel will pay a $20 registration fee. Participants must also sign a waiver when they register.

In addition to every registrant receiving an official race T-shirt, the top three finishers in a variety of age categories will receive awards as well as the top three finishers overall.

O’Quinn emphasized that the event is familyfriendly. There will be a bouncy house for children, a DJ playing upbeat music, and Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs will be on hand serving up post-race nutrition. “We also want to encourage families with little ones to bring their strollers,” O’Quinn said.

Additionally, in keeping with the American Warrior theme, race organizers encourage participants to wear red, white and blue to the event.

For more information on the work of HOW or His Bread of Life Food Bank, visit www. HisOutreachWorldwide.org. For specific questions concerning registration or donations, contact O’Quinn at 910-476-7975 or Heather Hartley at 910-8743676. O’Quinn and Hartley can also be reached by email at Lynne@ HisOutreachWorldwide.org and HeatherH@ ThompsonLittle.com, respectively.

The American Warrior 5K Walk and Run is scheduled for March 3 at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. Participants can pre-register online at www.RunTheEast.com/races. On the morning of the race, registration will begin at 8 a.m. The race begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.

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