Thursday, October 24, 2013

4-H 5K Run for Health Set for Nov. 16 in Aurora

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102

AURORA, Mo. – Lawrence County 4-H will sponsor the second annual “4-H 5K Run for Health,” 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 beginning at Oak Park in Aurora.

In addition to helping raise funds for Lawrence County 4-H members, those who register will participate in a fun, healthy activity and be eligible for a number of awards.

 “Healthy Lifestyles is just one of 4-H’s initiatives,” said Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.  “This annual event will promote 4-H by encouraging youth to participate, but will also help the community engage with our members and volunteers in a fun, healthy way while raising funds for the local 4-H council.”

The race will feature divisions for youth and adults, with awards given to first, second and third place in each age division and to the overall youth male and female.  Youth divisions will be ages 10 and under, 11 to13 and 14 to 19.  Adult divisions will be in 10 year increments.

The cost to register for the event is $15 for 4-H members and volunteers, and $20 for non-4-H members.  Advanced registration is required by Friday, Nov. 1. For more information on the event or to register, call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102 or go online to 

 “The Lawrence County 4-H Council is excited about this event. They see it as an opportunity to promote 4-H in the local area, as well as provide families with a fun, healthy activity,” said Deaver.

The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- and how to get involved locally go online to

Residents of southwest Missouri contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Amy Patillo in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.


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