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Walkers, runners to help fight hunger in annual walk

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Participants begin the 34th annual Walk for Hunger in front of Museum of the Albemarle in September 2017. This year's Walk for Hunger will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. This year's event will also include a 5K, 10K and a 1 Mile Fun Run.

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From staff reports

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hundreds of people are expected to step out for the fight against hunger next weekend during Food Bank of the Albemarle’s 35th annual Walk for Hunger.

The walk, which raises money for the Food Bank’s hunger relief programs across a 15-county region, will begin in front of Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, Saturday, Sept. 29. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 a.m.

The 9 a.m. starting time is an hour earlier than the starting time for last year’s Walk for Hunger, which was held on Saturday for the first time after being held on a Sunday every year since the event began in the 1980s.

Food Bank officials say they opted for the earlier starting time because they’ve added both 5K and 10K runs to this year’s event, and because it allows participants to enjoy the walk when it’s a little cooler in the day.

As noted, this year’s Walk for Hunger will feature a 5K, 10K and a 1 Mile Fun Run. The races will be timed by Run the East, a professional race timing and management company from Greenville.

The walk will follow the same 3.1-mile route as the 5K run. After starting at the museum on South Water Street, walkers and runners will proceed along the Riverside area of Elizabeth City. Both course distances follow an “out and back” design, and feature plenty of water stations and guides along the way. Awards and medals will be presented to the top finishers. Pre-registration for the 5K costs $35, $40 the day of the walk. Pre-registration for the 10K is $40, $45 the day of the event.

The monetary goal for this year’s walk is $50,000, Food Bank Executive Director Liz Reasoner said.

“For over three decades, the community and our supporters have helped the Walk for Hunger grow to become the Food Bank’s largest fundraising event,” Reasoner said in a press release. “We’re excited about the new day and time for the event, and especially the addition of the new 5K and 10K runs for local and visiting athletes.”

For every dollar raised by walk participants and their sponsors, the Food Bank can provide the equivalent of four meals, Reasoner said.

“Every dollar raised enables us to provide food for a family or individual struggling with food insecurity, or to someone impacted by a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence,” she said. “Right now, the need for donations of food and funds is critical, and the Walk for Hunger is a perfect way to donate to help people in need of food assistance today and in the weeks and months to come.”

Besides the walk and 5K and 10K runs and the 1 Mile Fun Run, the event will feature a number of activities on the museum green through 1 p.m. Activities will include games for kids, a DJ, pumpkin painting, face painting, and displays by local emergency, fire and police agencies. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be served to participants and guests.

The Walk for Hunger and 5K/​10K Run are being sponsored by Food Lion. The event’s Platinum sponsors include CresCom Bank, Food Lion, Montero’s Restaurant and The Perry Auto Group. Gold sponsors include Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, The Daily Advance, Nissan of Elizabeth City, TowneBank of Currituck and Walmart of Elizabeth City. Silver sponsors include City Beverage Company, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Select Bank & Trust and Towne Insurance.

For more information about how to participate or organize teams for the walk, contact Carolyn Anderson, director of special events and food sourcing for the Food Bank, at caranderson@afoodbank.org or by calling 335-4035, extension 111. Other information about the walk is available at www.afoodbank.org or by visiting the Walk for Hunger and 5K/​10K Run event page on Facebook.

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