Two charity runs planned for Sprague Brook Park in September
According to organizer Mark Lawrence, both are intended to bring awareness to healthier lifestyles and to raise money for charitable causes, including animal shelters and diabetes.
Lawrence, the organizer for the events and the group Heart Rate Up, said he is excited that both runs are back and raising awareness.
“There are a lot of challenges with both of these events, and we’re hoping as many people come as possible,” Lawrence said.
For the 8 in the Rough, to be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16, runners will traverse an 8 1/2 mile course. Athletes of all ages may participate.
Of the two, the 8 in the Rough is the most challenging race, according to Lawrence. He said there will be twisting tracks, some steep grades and park scenery and that “runners will have their work cut out for them.”
At the 5K Autumn Challenge Run, to be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29, runners can walk, run the course or cheer on those who participate.
The course is mostly confined to the cross country ski routes, Lawrence said.
There are also father and mother and son and daughter categories at the event.
Lawrence, who created these events about 10 years ago, said that, most years, the organization raises significant money, but costs associated with T-shirts and other event offerings typically take some funds off the top.
“Sometimes we’re just breaking even, but we usually raise a couple hundred dollars for organizations that need it,” he said. “It’s all for a good cause.”
For more information, including how to preregister for the events, visit the organization’s website at www.heartrateup.com.