Run for fun

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Photo above: The one-mile kids run started first with the boys as hundreds of children made their way through Habersham. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Who had the most fun at the Beaufort Twilight Run?

By Molly Ingram

Rebecca Wilson, 3, gets her face painted by Christine Efaw. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
Rebecca Wilson, 3, gets her face painted by Christine Efaw. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

From the faces coming across the finish line, we think the answer to that question might be our youngest runners, probably before shin splints kick in (a personal guess). The Beaufort Twilight Run and Festival is fast becoming a “thing” in the racing world. Nineteen states (from Minnesota to Massachusetts) in addition to Germany and Canada were on-hand to enjoy an almost perfect afternoon for running. There was truly something for everyone at this festival including competitive races with cash prizes, recreational runs and walks, kids events, live entertainment and plenty food to enjoy.

Beaufort Twilight Run is a USATF sanctioned running festival geared for all ages and abilities and offers four competitive courses (10-mile Run, 8K Run, 5K Run, 1-mile Youth Run), a 5K Fun Walk and a 1/4 mile Kid’s Fun Run. After the races, the crowd stayed to relax and enjoy the gourmet food trucks and beautiful surroundings of Habersham.

Vance Geyer, 8, gets some help from his dad, Eric, with his registration number prior to the children's run.
Vance Geyer, 8, gets some help from his dad, Eric, with his registration number prior to the children’s run.

The races benefit the Riverview Charter School who raised over $80,000 this year to subsidize such line items as professional development for their teachers, additional iPads and Apple TV systems in the middle school classrooms (which sync to the iPads of the teacher who puts it up on a big screen), and for scholarships for those needing additional funds to participate in field trips or for their supplies.

Riverview is an interesting school. It is the first charter school in Beaufort opened in 2009. It is a public school, and does not charge for admission nor have any admission requirements other than residing in Beaufort County.

At full capacity, it will serve 684 students in grades K-8. Their goal is “to create a small, diverse learning community that actively engages students in meaningful and innovative learning experiences. Emphasizing “learning by doing,” family and community involvement, and engaged citizenship, Riverview is committed to nurturing the whole child and preparing each student for a global society.”

So, who had the most fun? We’re betting everybody had a blast and are already planning for 2017!

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