University City

Governor’s Village 5K to benefit local students

Students from Nathaniel Alexander Elementary start off the Governor's Village 5K last year.
Students from Nathaniel Alexander Elementary start off the Governor's Village 5K last year. CHICK-FIL-A UNIVERSITY PLACE

The second annual Governor’s Village 5K and Fun Run, which raises money to award four students in the Governor’s Village $2,500 in college scholarships, will be held April 18.

One student will be chosen from each of the four Governor’s Village schools – Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, Morehead STEM, James Martin Middle and Vance High School – to receive a check for $2,500. Proceeds will also go to the four schools to help with immediate needs.

Rob Rogers, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A University Place, helped launch the project in 2014. “We are so excited to see University City businesses coming together again to bring encouragement and resources to the 4,600 students at the Governor’s Village schools,” Rogers said.

The 5K race includes chip timing, a USATF certified course, shirts, age group awards and a chance to win free Chick-fil-A for year, along with other prizes. There will also be awards for contestants dressed in cow-themed costumes.

The 5K will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., and a free, 1-mile fun run for younger runners starts at 9 a.m. There will also be a post-race block party with free food and music, the YMCA family fun zone and interactive sponsor areas. The fun zone will include a rock wall to climb and face-painting.

The scholarship money given to the four students will be placed in a secure trust through the Foundation for the Carolinas. It will stay in the trust fund pending college acceptance. All donations to the Governor’s Village 5K Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.

Charlene Price-Patterson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Charlene? Email her at CPPUniversityCity@gmail.com.

Want to go?

The second annual Governor’s Village 5K and Fun Run will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. April 18, beginning at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School, 7910 Neal Rd. Participants can register at www.queenctytiming.com. Online registration is $25 until April 16. On race day, participants can register from 7 to 7:45 a.m.; the same-day registration fee is $30. Packets for race participants can be picked up on April 17 at Chick-fil-A University Place. It will also be the last opportunity to register (in person) for $25. For details, email governorsvillage5K@gmail.com or call Amada Kerr at 704-572-3960.

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