Norwich Dollars for Scholars readies for first 5K

NORWICH – With the bulk of winter weather behind, preparations and under way for a variety of outdoor activities in Chenango County that are focused on promoting awareness, garnering interest and drawing the community closer for a common goal.

Over the years, various organizations have sought to incorporate the giving nature of county residents with the needs of local nonprofits. This year promises to be no different, giving birth to a new opportunity for strangers and friends to gather for the benefit of the deserving.

This year, the Norwich Dollars for Scholars program has decided to run with the idea of establishing an annual 5K to assist high school students with the mounting costs associated with higher education.

The first annual Norwich Dollars for Scholars 5K Run/Walk is planned for Saturday, April 5. The starting gun will fire at Noon sharp, but participants are encouraged to arrive at 11 a.m. to register.

“We understand that this the first year for the event, but we're really hoping that we can generate a substantial attendance,” said Rachel Larsen, an organizer for the fundraiser. “We are keeping our fingers crossed that Mother Nature will make for a beautiful spring day. And the fact that this is the first run in Chenango county for 2014 should bring the runners long suffering from cabin fever out to the pavement as well.”

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