Kiwanis Independence Day 5K Race to Benefit Camp Holiday Trails

On Wednesday morning, July 4, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville, in conjunction with the Charlottesville Track Club, and with major support from Better Living Inc., will present the 35th Annual Independence Day 5K Race at Forest Lakes North subdivision. Registration and the start/finish line will be near Hollymead Elementary School, but the course will go through Forest Lakes North as before. For the thirteenth straight year, proceeds will benefit Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. “Because of the long-time support of special friends such as the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville, the camp continues to empower, encourage, and educate campers with chronic illnesses,” said Tina LaRoche, CHT executive director.

Some of the area’s fastest 5K times are recorded at this race, which starts at 7:30 a.m. The event is expected to attract more than 250 runners and walkers of all ages. Registration forms and more information are available right now at Ragged Mountain Running Shop at 3 Elliewood Avenue (434-293-3367) and on-line at the CTC web site ( or at ( “We salute Better Living Inc. for stepping up in a most generous way as a signature sponsor of this event for the twelfth straight year,” said Kiwanian Matt Haas, this year’s event coordinator.

The Kiwanis Club has been serving the children of Charlottesville and the world for 96 years. The club sponsors Key Clubs at 4 area high schools, a Circle K International Club (CKI) at the University of Virginia, a K-Kids Club at Venable Elementary School, and an Aktion Club at VA Institute of Autism (VIA), nearly 400 children, youth, and young adults in energetic service and thoughtful leadership programs. “Over the past three decades, the Kiwanis Independence Day Race has raised more than $135,000, assisting such fine agencies as Camp Holiday Trails in their work with children and youth,” said Eric Lamb, current Kiwanis president. See

Register early on-line: $25 CTC members; $26 non-CTC members; $20 students; $30 all race day entries at Hollymead Elementary School, 2775 Powell Creek Drive (in the Hollymead Subdivision).

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