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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

WCU to host back-to-back races

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A pair of 5K races will be held at Western Carolina University in coming weeks to raise money to build a well in Kenya and to benefit Full Spectrum Farms, a Cullowhee residential facility for adults with autism.

The Kenya Water Initiative, a local organization founded by WCU junior Katie Salmons, is sponsoring a 5K that will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, near the campus fountain. Salmons said the organization is raising money to build a well in Kenya to help reduce deaths that occur because of dirty drinking water.

Registration is available at active.com through Wednesday, April 11. The fee is $25. On-site registration will be available the morning of the race for the same price, but late registrants will not be guaranteed a water bottle or T-shirt.

The Full Spectrum Farms 5-K Walk/Run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21, from a location near Courtyard Dining Hall on WCU’s campus. The event is sponsored by the WCU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and WCU’s Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Registration is available at active.com through Wednesday, April 18. Race fees are $20 for students and seniors age 55 and older, $25 for nonstudents, and $15 for children age 12 and under. Registration on race morning will open at 8 a.m.

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