United Way to hold Sunset Run on Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

SALISBURY — The United Way of Rowan County will hold its Sunset Run in historic Salisbury on Friday, with registration from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on race day at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St.

The annual run/walk, held for eight years, begins on Fulton Street and goes through the Fulton Heights neighborhood. It attracts 100-150 runners each year.

The race will begin with the Novant Half-Mile Kids’ Fun Run at 7 p.m., followed by the 5K Sunset Run with trophies to be presented in Overall Male and Female, three deep; Overall Male and Female Masters, two deep; Overall Male and Female Grandmasters, two deep and Overall Male and Female Senior Grandmasters, two deep.

Innospec Performance Chemicals is the overall sponsor the race for the second year with proceeds going to this year’s United Way campaign, “It’s the Right Thing.”

Race participants may register online for $25 through Thursday at www.sportoften.com or by printing a form at www.rowanunitedway.org. Race Day registration is $30. The Kids’ Run is a $10 registration fee.

John Struzick, manager of financial management for Innospec, said that the company is proud to sponsor the race.

“We believe in the United Way mission to raise funds locally to support local agencies in providing health and human resources to all in Rowan County,” said Struzick. “It’s our honor and privilege again this year to be the title sponsor. The 5K is an excellent way to kick start this year’s fundraising campaign for the 16 local agencies funded by the United Way. We encourage everyone to come out and help us get the ball rolling – ‘it’s the right thing.’”

The United Way has a campaign goal of $1,514,980 with the kick-off scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The annual Day of Caring with United Way volunteers working on projects throughout the community is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8.

Salisbury Police, Fire and Utility departments assist the United Way with the race downtown, along with Rowan County Rescue Squad. The Salisbury-Rowan Runners Club manages the race.

For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.