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A solid wall of children lead the charges off the starting line at last year’s ‘Life is Good in the Wood” 5k Fun Run/Walk event. The ninth annual event is set for Friday, rain or shine.

By Michelle Stecker

Contributing Writer

Put on your running and walking shoes and come to the ninth annual Rollingwood Women’s Club’s “Life is Good in the Wood” 5k Fun Run/Walk at 6 p.m. April 12  at the Rollingwood Park, 403 Nixon Drive.

Organizers say parking is limited, so everyone is encouraged to car pool and that is also a good idea to arrive early.

“This is really a fun event for everyone,” said Melissa Morrow, a Rollingwood resident and one of the organizers.

Past participants have included families with strollers, dogs on leashes and plenty of spectators to cheer everyone on, she added.

Water tables will be located throughout the route, and neighbors in previous years have lined the street with hoses and water sprayers to refresh the runners and walkers during the warm weather races.

This is the Rollingwood Women’s Club largest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds contributed to enhance and maintain this neighborhood park and public facilities.

Lighter fair food, such as brisket tacos with creamy apple slaw, peach barbeque sauce, salads, chips and a drink from Peached Tortilla will be available for cash only throughout the evening.

Entertainment will include the Hula Hoop Lady and a Quick Draw Photo Booth .

Live music from local country singer and songwriter Tanya Winch with her band, Dirty Mercy, will add to the festivities and re-energize the walkers and runners as they approach the finish line.

In addition to prizes handed out for age groups from 11 to 80-and-older, volunteers will hand out goodie bags filled with local restaurant and shop coupons and invitations to visit local stores. All participants 4 and older will receive a “Life is Good in the Wood 5k Run/Walk” T-shirt.

The Rollingwood Women’s Club is open to all women living in Rollingwood and adjacent streets said Shanti Jayakumar, former city council member, club historian and last year’s winner of the 60-69 age group.

“It’s a very open and inclusive group,” she added.

The club sponsors several events during the year but this fun run is the biggest fundraiser. In past years, the event has raised between $5,000 and $8,000, said Jayakumar.

Belonging to the Rollingwood Women’s Club and volunteering at events provide a place for “neighbors to get to know each other and work together,” said Jayakumar. “The opportunity to meet other women to put on the event is just as important as the event itself.”

The race will go one rain or shine.

“We’ve had some fun in a downpour,” Morrow said of previous events.

Packet pick-up and late registration continues today, from 5-7 p.m. and April 12 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Rollingwood City Hall. The registration fee for adults (18 and older) is $25, youths 17 and under is $15. The fee for families that register together is $75.

The race start time is 6 p.m., and events are expected to wrap up about 8:30 p.m. For further information, visit lifeisgoodinthewood5k.com.
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