Last updated: April 06. 2014 9:28PM - 1534 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

The Habitat Hammer is set to return for its annual 5k run in Elkin on April 12. Registration forms are available at the Habitat Restore or may be accessed at www.uyvhabitat.org.
The Habitat Hammer is set to return for its annual 5k run in Elkin on April 12. Registration forms are available at the Habitat Restore or may be accessed at www.uyvhabitat.org.
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Officials with the Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity are putting final touches on its “Habitat Hammer 5k & Family Fun Run” event scheduled for April 12.

The 5k runners course is an annual event organized by the home building charity. Organizers say proceeds from the run are dedicated to offset costs associated with running its Elkin Restore and other programs associated with Habitat for Humanity.

The race registration is $25 per person. Advance registration is encouraged online at www.uyvhabitat.org, or participants can pick up a registration form at the Habitat Restore located at 102 E. Market St.

According to UYVHH executive director Caire Sellars, everyone is excited about the run, especially about new medals containing a hammer design, a logo branded by Habitat.

“It’s a new touch. The top three runners in each age group (male and female) receive a medal,” said Sellars. “Top three overall get a special prize too.”

Sellars said the charity run means a ton of support for the organization. “This run is a way for people out there to help. We are continuously registering participants and will do so up until ten minutes before race start,” she said.

The run begins at the Elkin Municipal Park and loops through downtown Elkin turning east on Market Street. Runners proceed along Hwy. 268 and make a loop onto Main Street before heading west. The run concludes near the park band shell in Elkin Municipal Park.

“We’re excited about the Sheetz truck who are attending,” said Sellars. “They’ll be dispensing complimentary coffee and smoothies for all race participants. Its really a nice thing that they’re doing.”

According to Sellars, packet pick-up/registration is at 7 a.m. at the large picnic shelter in Elkin Municipal Park. The Family Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5k Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. with awards at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be distributed at the park band shell.

Sellars stated the family fun run portion is a half mile untimed run for younger members of the family. There is no fee or registration, but participants do not get a t-shirt.

“It’s a no pressure walk, or run if they want. Its just something for families to do. Many times people just want to come out with the family and participate. This is a great way to be involved…we also have a training guide posted on our website with tips on how to work your way on getting your body ready for a 5k,” continued Sellars.

“It’s very important to note that none of this would be possible without our volunteers and sponsors…They’re all wonderful,” said Sellars.

Sponsors for the event are: Builders Mutual Insurance, G&B Energy, Elkin Funeral Services, SB&T Insurance, Farm Bureau-Greg Sidden, Paws for a Cause, Creative Economic Development Consulting, JK Canter Builder, Northwestern Mutual-Jay Morphis, Journey to Wellness, PGW, Becky’s Pet Grooming, Edward Jones Investments-Frank Beals, Nationwide – Tommy Haynes Agency, LifeStore, Basin Creek Realty, Slightly Askew Winery, La Fuente, PVH, Custom Heating & Cooling, Elkin Pediatric & Adult Medicine, Mazzini’s Italian Restaurant, Century 21 Hudspeth Properties, Sheetz, Elkin Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Road ID.

UYVHH builds and renovates houses in the towns of Jonesville, Boonville, East Bend, and Yadkinville and in surrounding areas in Yadkin County; and in southern Surry County in Elkin, and the surrounding areas of Thurmond and State Road.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-836-1513 or follow on Twitter @newsgonz

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