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Harvesting Hope & Harold C. Earnhardt 5K Trail Run set Saturday

In memory

SALISBURY — The first Harvesting Hope fundraiser and 5K Trail Run will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Farm.

The fundraiser will benefit Novant Health Hospice at Rowan Medical Center.

The benefit will begin with a 5K trail run in memory of Harold C. Earnhardt. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Trail Run will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a half-mile fun run for children.

The 5K course is a true cross country course that will be run on farm roads, trails and grass. It is a fun course but not the one for your best running shoes, organizers said. Runners will encounter mud, some sand but no steep hills. The start and finish are both in the market area of the farm.

Spectators will have several opportunities to see the runners and walkers as they pass the market area.

The fun run course will include two loops of the market parking road. Walkers and runners of all abilities are welcome.

Cash awards will go to top three overall and masters (40 and older) male and female. Age group medals will be presented three deep.

The fundraiser will feature family attractions. Children can take part in the Super Hero Corn Maize, Pappaw Carl’s Playground, face painting, pumpkin patch, snack shack, a cow barrel train ride, tire mountain, tunnel slide, sand pit, hula hoop horses, farm-to-table play, cow roping, pumpkin bowling, food trucks and more.

Live music will be performed by Darrell Harwood, a country music artist who loves giving back to the community through music.

This year, Harvesting Hope at Patterson Farm is in memory of Harold C. Earnhardt, given by his children. The fundraiser will aid Novant Health Hospice in continuing its mission of providing compassionate care in the community.

Tickets range from $10 to $12 and can be purchased at the farm. The registration fee for the 5K is $25 before Saturday and $30 the day of the race. Runner registration includes all the activities on the farm after the 5K.

The half-mile fun run is $10. Registration is at sportoften.com.

Patterson Farm is at 10390 Caldwell Road in Mount Ulla.

For more information, call Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation at 704-210-6880.

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