The last weekend in April shapes up as a major race weekend in and around Waxhaw.
Humans get the opportunity to run first. The Waxhaw-Weddington Sunrise Rotary will host the sixth and biggest ever Waxhaw Town and Country Run 7 p.m. April 29 in historic downtown Waxhaw.
A half-mile fun run will take place before the 5K. Fitness walk and baby joggers are welcome at both events. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. on E. North Main near the old the fire station. The half-mile and fitness walk starts at 6:40 p.m. with the 5K at 7 p.m. Baby joggers and wheelchairs will start at 7:05 p.m.
Registration is $20 for the 5K before April 15 and $30 race day. The fun run and fitness walk cost is now$12. Food will be available for purchase and refreshments will be available for runners.
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Proceeds will benefit Turning Point of Union County, which provides critical help to victims of abuse and their dependent children.
"In addition, funds will be used for service in other areas. In the past, Waxhaw-Weddington Sunrise Rotary Club has assisted with clothing and an outdoor basketball court for South Providence School students, providing funds for Crisis Assistance Ministries, as well as for other local and international efforts," said Rotary Club President Cathy Burns.
For the second year, Carolinas Medical Center-Union is the lead sponsor of the event, which is expected to have more than 500 runners.
Naomi Herndon, Turning Point's executive director, shared how domestic violence grew rapidly over the past few years along with the economic struggles of American families.
"The number of crisis calls we received at Turning Point increased by a dramatic 45 percent just as it has at shelters across the nation. Tragically, we continue to see a steady flow of abused, suffering women and their children, fleeing danger and seeking safety at Turning Point. We are so very grateful to the wonderful members of the Waxhaw-Weddington Sunrise Rotary Club for taking up their cause."
Four-legged creatures will provide the racing excitement on Saturday.
Horses take to the Steeplechase course at Brooklynwood in Mineral Springs on April 30 for the 2011 running of the Queens Cup.
So do the dogs.
One of the more fun events that take place prior to the actual steeplechase races is the annual Jack Russell Terrier competition. As I mentioned last week, its not too late to attend.
Call 704-843-7070 for details, or go to www.queenscup.org.
Don't forget to drop by the Waxhaw Farmers market on your way for some fresh organic goodies.
By way of counterpoint, I feel compelled to point out that you can also spend that Saturday outdoors at Z Max Dragwway in Concord where The Tar Heel Diesel Nationals will include NHRDA Diesel Drag Racing, a burnout contest, show and shine and a dyno competition.
Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. and drag racing starts at 9 a.m.
The choice of aromas and decibel level is entirely yours.