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OctoberTour-5K race gets tour off to a fast start

This year’s OctoberTour features a new way to get around ó the inaugural OctoberTour 5K race and Family Fun Run.
“Runners will stride through our historic city and witness the efforts of preservation at its finest,” OctoberTour organizer Historic Salisbury Foundation said in a press release. The course meanders through our Downtown, West Square and Fulton Heights Historic Districts.
This year, the foundation is partnering with “Champion Sponsor” Rowan Regional Medical Center, “to take community wellness to a higher level.”
The 3.1-mile course, the foundation said in its press release, is “filled architecture, history, antiques and restoration including history nuggets posted along the course to provide facts on our city.”
After the race, runners and others can enjoy festivities including the Historic Homes Tour, Bank Street Café, performers, artists, antique cars and food.
Parking for the race is available at United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., and the Rowan County Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. Race day registration and packet pickup starts will be 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. at 507 S. Fulton St. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. The fun run will start at 8:45 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9 a.m.
The course starts and ends at the corner of West Monroe and South Jackson streets. Runners will go north on Jackson, left on Fisher, left on Fulton, right on Mitchell, around the median and back up Mitchell, left on Fulton, right on Thomas, left on Jackson and back to the corner of South Jackson and West Monroe.
Sponsors include Clinical and Forensic Psychological Services, Jeter Chiropractic Clinic, Edward and Nancy Clement, Food Lion, Wrightsock, Reliv and Sportrax.
Call Historic Salisbury Foundation’s office at 704-636-0103 with questions or with help registering for the race. Proceeds from the OctoberTour of Historic Homes and the OT5K benefit Historic Salisbury Foundation in its mission to save landmarks and historic properties throughout Salisbury and Rowan County.
For more information about Historic Salisbury Foundation, including a course map and online registration, visit www.historicsalisbury.org, sign up to receive e-mail updates and join the foundation on Facebook for in-depth conversations about preservation and restoration.

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