Starting the year on the right foot
Lynchburg Boys & Girls Club hosts community fundraiser “Resolution Run” Jan. 29
As the new year begins, Lynchburg residents may find themselves with a list of New Year’s resolutions, with goals ranging from fitness to generosity.
All types of goals can be checked off on Jan. 29, when the Boys & Girls Club of Lynchburg will be hosting a Resolution Run to benefit the community.
The annual Resolution Run began in 2012 and raises approximately $15,000 per year, which goes toward serving the children and further extensions of the club.
The Resolution Run was created not only to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club, but to also promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and show community members that they can achieve their New Year’s resolutions in a simple way.
The run is among one of the club’s most popular events, with an average turnout of around 350
“At first we set out to do an event just for our members and their families to help encourage them to keep moving,” Fund Development and Marketing Director Danielle Hottle said.
“Then we thought about all the people who resolve to get healthy and fit and in the new year, and we decided there was a void that we could help fill.”
The 7th annual Resolution Run will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.
The two-mile run will take place on 1101 Madison St. in downtown Lynchburg, and is open to anyone in the community who wishes to come out to participate or to donate to the cause by sponsoring a club member or encouraging others.
“We really just want to help people to be successful in getting healthy,” Hottle said.
“We like people to see that they can do it.”
The children of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg make up a large part of the Resolution Race with their families.
Members from ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to participate and often do so with their families.
“This event is for all types of individuals,” Board Chairperson Jason Landes said.
“It allows participants to see a great organization in the community and learn more about the healthy living lifestyle that we strive to teach our members at the club.”
This year’s Resolution Run will also allow participants to run as part of a team.
Groups entering in the team challenge can have an unlimited number of members and will receive a $5 discount when registering.
Team registration closes Jan. 25.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children.
Those interested can register online at riversiderunners.com or bgclynchburg.org.
Lynchburg’s own Boys & Girls Club has been serving the low-income youth of the area and providing a beneficial learning center for those children since 2005.
Members pay $10 a year for their children to participate in the clubs after school and summer activities.
The club also raises money through individual and corporate support and through special events, such as the annual Resolution Run at the beginning of the year.
“We encourage Liberty students to come out to support the cause and classmates that are participating in the run,” Landes said.
“It’s a great event and everyone always has a great time.”