At 8 a.m. on May 4, Calhoun County will be home to the first annual Calhoun Cares 5K Walk/Run.
The event, which is open to all persons of any age and any skill level, will start at Bruce's City Hall on the north side of the square and will proceed to circulate a path previously established and laid throughout the town.
During the procession, four wheelers and ambulances will remain on standby in the event of an emergency; two watering stations will be posted along the course. Students of the BHS BETA Club as well as members of the BHS football team, will be positioned in order to help participators follow the correct path and offer any needed assistance to the runners/walkers. Members of the local police force will also be helping to redirect traffic and keep the road clear of cars and other obstacles.
The walk has a pre-registration fee of $20, while onsite registration is $25; all entrants will receive a t-shirt with their registration. T-shirts are being sold separately as well as honor/memory tags on the day of the event, the entirety of the proceeds being given to cancer patients of the Calhoun County district.
Heading this particular program is spokeswoman Tracey Bailey, whose husband passed of cancer six years ago. When questioned why she decided to ask Calhoun Cares to begin an annual walk, she claimed, “It helps patients, and that’s great. I lost my husband to cancer and it means a lot to be helping those who are still fighting their battles. And honestly, I just like walking.”
Indeed, Bailey confessed that both she and her sister had spent many weekends travelling the state to attend various walks and eventually reached the conclusion that a local one might be just as effective.
Bailey went on to compliment the efforts of Tammy Tallent and the late Priscilla Melton, both of which Bailey said made this event possible.
In addition, the sponsorships from local Calhoun County businesses for the walk have been a great relief for Bailey who said her biggest worry throughout the planning process was finding sponsors who supported the event. “Bruce Telephone Company has been one of our biggest supporters so far. They donated $500 immediately, and they’re only one example of the community help we’ve been receiving.”
Even those unable to walk are making donations and adding their name to the lot simply by volunteering, spreading the news, and purchasing various sundry items.