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People Chase 5K will kick-off Earth Day Aiken

March 30, 2017 GMT

Registration is now open for the People Chase 5K Fun Run, which is coming up next month.

The run will be the kick-off event for Earth Day Aiken on April 22, and will be held on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken.

Ron Dellamora, chairman of the Earth Day committee, said the People Chase is considered a “green run” through historic downtown Aiken. It is modeled after the Urbanathalon events held in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

“Momentum is building about the People Chase and Earth Day Aiken,” Dellamora said. “We are encouraged that it will be an exciting turnout.”

Andy Hallan, committee member, said the run is designed to be fun and educational versus competitive.

“It winds through historic areas of the city, a portion of Hitchcock Park, includes some fun obstacles, some of which provide perspective on recycling, and ends with a slide across the hood of a police car,” Hallan said.

Hallan also said 100 percent of the proceeds from this year’s People Chase will go to the charity “Beside the Badge” to fund an honor wall planned for Aiken Department of Public Safety headquarters.

Registration for the People Chase begins at 8 a.m. on April 22 and the race begins at 8:30 a.m.

Residents can sign up for $20 a person at www.active.com.

Participants 12 and younger are free with a registered runner.

Once the race is over, runners and others can discover more about Earth Day and the benefits of recycling at booths from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newberry Street Festival Center.

Earth Day Aiken will feature food, entertainment, awards and fun at Aiken’s Earth Day 2017.

The theme of this year’s event is “preserving for tomorrow what we all enjoy today,” Dellamora said.

For more information, visit earthdayaiken.org.