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November 20, 2013 (Santee) -- On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, at 8:00 am, Pathways Community Church will be hosting the 2nd Annual Waddle and Trot 5K and Fun Run.  This fun family event is intended for runners and walkers of every fitness level and all proceeds will go to Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank.

“We were so overwhelmed by the response we received last year from the community and local businesses,” says Phil Herrington, Pastor at Pathways Community Church.  “Last year was our inaugural event and we had over 650 participants and 20 vendors which allowed us to raise $12,000 for Santee Santas and Santee Food Bank.  We look forward to making this event an annual Thanksgiving tradition and continuing our support of these two worthy charities.”

The 2013 Waddle and Trot 5K will provide runners with the same scenic course as last year.  Race participants will begin in the Pathways Center at the corner of Mast and Carlton Hills.  The fast and flat course will proceed west on Mast Boulevard and enter Santee Lakes via Lake Canyon Road.  After circling Lakes 4 and 5, the course will proceed back to Pathways Center and will be followed by a post-race celebration that includes refreshments and vendor booths.  Prizes will be given to the Top 3 Male and Female finishers in seven different age categories and all registrants will receive a race T-Shirt.

“We received very positive feedback from last year’s event but we’ve also identified some areas where we feel we can make some great improvements” says Kristine Quirk, Race Director. “We will be adding a water station at the entrance to Santee Lakes and all 5K and Fun Run participants will receive finisher medallions.  We have some fun surprises planned for the Kid’s Fun Run plus we’ll be recognizing some of the best-dressed runners and teams so we hope the community will come out and join us for what promises to be a fun day.”

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