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Legwarmers for Literacy races set for Saturday in Florence

January 26, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Area Literacy Council will hold its Legwarmers for Literacy 5K and half marathon races Saturday morning, and registration is still open.

“It’s for a great cause, and it’s a way for a runner or even a walker to do something they love and support a community nonprofit and know that your registration fee is going straight to the community you live in,” said Christina Lawson, executive director of the Literacy Council.

The ’80s-themed race will begin at the Fitness World Gyms at 902 Second Loop Road. The half marathon will start at 8 a.m., and the 5K race will start at 9 a.m.

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Runners can pick up their packets before the race between 5:30 and 7 p.m. today at the Literacy Council (240 S. Dargan St., Florence) and pay the early registration race fee of $25 for the 5K and $55 for the half marathon. Day-of registration is $60 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5K. Half marathon runners must register by 7:45 a.m., and 5K runners must register by 8:45 a.m. Cash and checks for race-day registrations are preferred, and donations will be accepted.

Lawson said fundraisers such as Legwarmers for Literacy are critical for allowing the Literacy Council to help adults with reading, math and workplace skills. While the Florence Area Literacy Council is a United Way partnering agency, it raises approximately 50 percent of its budget through fundraisers and donations.

Lawson said the races can be a way for runners to achieve goals.

“For those runners who are very goal oriented and competitive, we’ve been told it’s a good course for people to reach their personal record,” Lawson said.

It’s not just about competition and fundraising though. Lawson said the Literacy Council wants participants to have fun – thus the ’80s theme. Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear their ’80s workout gear. Cooler bags that look like boomboxes will be given to the best-dressed male and female participants.

Since buttons were popular in the ’80s, all 5K race finishers will receive a button. Those who finish the half marathon will receive a 3D printed medal made at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus.

“There’s nothing else out there like it,” Lawson said.

T-shirts are included in participants’ packets.

Legwarmers for Literacy was originally set for the first week in January. However, due to the winter storm, the races had to be rescheduled. Lawson said Saturday’s weather forecast appears beautiful, so it might have all turned out for the best.