4th Annual Pay It Forward 5K combines running with giving spirit
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The 4th annual Pay it Forward 5K, sponsored by Rocky Mount Methodist Church, will kick off on Saturday, November 18, at 8:30 a.m. at Stumpy Creek Park. Registration is $25 before the race and $30 (cash only) on race day if spaces are still available.
Paying it forward involves doing something good for someone in response to a good deed done on one’s behalf or for a gift received. When the recipients of good fortune “pay it forward,” they do something nice for someone else.
The most important aspect of this concept is that the good deed should be done with a selfless spirit, without hope of repayment or good deeds in return. Race organizers hope that this race will inspire participants and recipients to continue good deeds for others in the community throughout the year.
All money raised through registration fees and sponsorships are returned to the runners as cash in water bottles as they cross the finish line. They are to then use the funds, ranging from $10 to $500, to “pay it forward” in the community. They may choose to help a struggling family, donate it to charity, to buy Christmas presents for needy children, or other worthy causes of their choice.
Last year 630 participants, ranging in age from 3 to 80, ran or walked to raise $23,000 to go back into the community.
Three-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, who has ran the fastest time of any American in the 5K on U.S. soil at 13:11, has both sponsored and run in the race since its inception. He has donated his $100 prize money back to event proceeds each year.
The scenic race will wind around the streets along Lake Norman. Live music, food, face painting, and booths from area business and agencies with giveaways will be on hand at the finish.
Race goodie bags will also be given to runners. T-shirts will be given out while they last but guaranteed to only those runners who registered by November 3.
Trophies and gift cards will be given out to the top male and female runners in each of 11 age groups (13 and under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+. The overall top male and female runner will receive a $100 prize.
The race organizers will also periodically call out bib numbers to award other prizes throughout the event.
Queen City Timing is providing race time for this official race.
The race is limited to 1000 participants. Nearly 300 are already signed up, with the 300th registrant receiving a free oil change at Christian Brothers Automotive.
The organizers will continue to give away prizes each week to those who preregister. For more giveaway details, check out the race’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Pay-
Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/
Packet pickup will be at Charlotte Running Company - Lake Norman (124 Trade Court, Suite B, Mooresville, Phone: 704-799-1400) on Thursday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Rocky Mount Methodist Church in the lobby of the sanctuary, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17, or on race day from 7:30 a.m.-7:50 a.m. at Stump Creek Park.