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Eleonore 5K On Tap in Sardis

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

The second annual Eleonore 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Children’s Fun Run will hit the streets in Sardis on July 9, starting and finishing at the Sardis Community Center (old Sardis Grade School) beginning at 8 a.m.

The Eleonore Rocks Foundation’s mission is to comfort sick children and their families by donating high quality rocking chairs to neonatal intensive care units and birthing units. The simple solace these rocking chairs can provide has been well documented by the foundation, and due to the support the foundation got from last year’s inaugural race, they recently donated 10 rocking chairs to the NICU at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital in Huntington, with another 10 to be donated to the WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown.

One hundred percent from the Eleonore Rocks 5K Race in Sardis will go directly to this cause. For every 20 registrations there is enough to cover the cost of one rocking chair.

Adam Yonley, his wife, and their two daughters brought the Eleonore Rocks 5K Race to Sardis. Adam was a resident of Fly and a 2001 River graduate, and learned only a few years ago about the compassionate service the foundation is doing for children and parents around the country.

He leaped at the opportunity to bring the 5K to Sardis, the small town he attended in grades 6-8, to give Ohio Valley residents an opportunity for positive healthy activity.

Many residents of the small Ohio River towns have fewer and fewer incentives to pursue healthy recreation, a trend he notices every time he visits.

By offering a training goal, whether it be a 5K run/walk or children’s fun run, he hopes to promote the benefits of physical fitness to augment personal health.

The cost of the 5K Run/Walk is $25 ($30 on race day), while the fun run is free. Participants can register online at www.ERocks5K.com, or sending in a paper form downloaded from the website. The 5K race will start promptly at 8 a.m. And the children’s fun run will follow. The order of events and free kids run is purposed to allow all involved to cheer on and encourage the younger generation. The 5K participants will receive an event T-shirt and post-race refreshments, and the children who finish the fun run will receive a custom medal. A vendor/craft fair and silent auction are also planned to be at the community center, where a rocking chair will be on display.

Awards will be given for both the top male and female runners and walkers, as well as for the the top three male and female walkers in seven age group categories.