Striders cut entry fee for 5K race

New and experienced runners can sign up now for the  annual 5K for Hope and Health Race kicking off Aug. 25 at Georgia State University's Decatur campus.

The run, which is in its 25th year, is hosted by South DeKalb Striders, a 28-year-old running club. It will take place along the South River Trail.

Leonard Broomfield, the Striders president, said walkers and runners don’t have to be members of the running club to participate and that this year, the club has halved the registration to $5 to encourage more people to participate.

“We’re just trying to help get the community be more active,” he said.

With the continued high incidence of heart disease and diabetes in the community, Broomfield said the club felt it needs to do something to encourage more people to become more active.

“This is a start to try and get people moving,” he said.

Since its inception, the 5K race has raised thousands of dollars for Our House, a South DeKalb-based childhood education program and center for homeless families, and other charities.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. Participants can compete in competitive races for prizes, or run at their own pace. Registration is open now at southdekalbstriders.org.

GSU’s Decatur campus is at 3251 Panthersville Road in Decatur.

For more information, contact southdekalbstriders@gmail.com or call Leonard Broomfield at 404-932-3660.