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Laurens District 55 High School Cross Country is proud to host the 2nd annual Laurens United 5K. The purpose of this race is to raise awareness and funds for Laurens United and the Raiders United Mental Health Scholarship. Raiders United Mental Health Scholarship
Background: After the tragic passing of LDHS alumni, Orin Patterson, current student council members and alumni decided that something had to be done to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Since 2016, we have lost students who were a part of the Laurens District 55 community to suicide. We have also noticed the increasing number of students battling mental health issues across the district. LDHS Robotics team approached student council about working together to increase awareness of these issues under the theme of “Raiders Un;ted” because they saw the same need in the community. Orin was passionate about helping others. He was always willing to lend an ear or hand to others in need. Because he listened to others, we want to make sure that those who need help have someone that will listen to them.
Purpose: The Raiders Un;ted committee decided to start this scholarship to aid a graduating senior who plans to major in psychology, counseling, or other related mental health fields. It is our hope that the recipient of the scholarship will work to become an individual that a struggling person could confide in and receive help from.
The Laurens United 5K will take place at the beautiful Lake Rabon park in Laurens SC. If you are using GPS use the address 4975 HWY 252 Laurens SC. This address will take you to the entrance to the park. The 5K course will be run over asphalt, wooded trails, grass and over Lake Rabon dam. Runners will have access to the restroom facilities there at the park. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Strollers are also permitted but the course does include grass and some dirt trails. $100 will be awarded to the first place male and female overall*, $50 for second place male and female. 1st and 2nd place finisher male and female will be awarded in the following age groups:
10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.
*Overall winners are not eligible for age division awards.
1-mile Kids Fun Run/Walk will begin promptly at 9:45am at the Start Line of the 5K. Ribbons will be given to all registered participants. The entry fee for the Laurens United 5K is tax-deductible and non-refundable. Proceeds from the Laurens United 5K support the Raiders Un;ted Mental Health Scholarship.
Packets may also be picked up the day of the race at the race site from 7:15am until 8:45am.
5K walk/run will start promptly @9am, Kids 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 9:45am.
You are only guaranteed a shirt if you register by 11-8-21.
Awards ceremony will be held at the large pavilion next to finish line.
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