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Treasures of South Walton Adventure Run Oct 19-21

October 14, 2012 by Marla Burns

There’s a new fun and exciting event coming to South Walton this fall, sponsored by SoWal.com. The inaugural Treasures of South Walton Adventure Run will take place October 19 – 21, and promises to challenge runners from every ability level.

This year’s run will be located at one of our area’s most beautiful State Parks, Topsail Hill Preserve. The race is a 5K course with exciting obstacles that will take runners through coastal forest and sand, with the final stretch ending up on the beach.

An ‘adventure race’ is different from an ordinary 5K run, as it entails a combination of two or more disciplines, and can include anything from cross-country running and biking, to paddling, climbing, and rope skills, among the challenges runners can encounter.

To add to the fun, the theme of this year’s race is based on a legendary figure, Captain S. Walton, an officer of the Queen’s Navy, turned pirate. Legend has it that after a treacherous mutiny took place aboard his ship, the treasure bounty allegedly drifted to the shores of South Walton County. The participants in the race will encounter pirates chasing them to capture golden flags (booty), worn at the waist, with prizes awarded to those with the most booty at the end of the race.

There will be different age brackets, with a Kid’s Run on Saturday that will include obstacles scaled for kids of all ages, and the main event for adults will be on Sunday. The weekend of fun will open on Friday evening with a Masquerade Ball at Tops’l Resort, where everyone will be encouraged to dress in pirate garb.

The goal of this event is to raise money and awareness for local charities. This year’s race benefits Food for Thought, a nonprofit outreach that provides healthy, easy to make meals and snacks for kids who are on free or reduced school lunches. On Fridays, the kids are given a backpack with nutritional food that will help them to get through the weekend, and provide energy they need to learn and grow.

If you would like to participate in the Adventure Run, visit HERE for further information and to register. There is limited space available, so be sure to register soon, as the registration closing date is October 1, 2012.  Registration deadline may be extended, depending on the number of registrants. If you miss the October 1 deadline, but still wish to register, you may contact Amy Walsh at amywalsh@cox.net or Shelley Refischneider at shelley@srbproductions.com. If you would like to donate to Food for Thought, visit their website.

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