Run for Your Life to be held in October

The first annual Run for Your Life, not to be confused with Relay for Life, will be held Saturday October 22nd beginning at the Omni Homestead Ski area. Relay for Life was just held Saturday, and raised money for the American Cancer Society. Bath Community Hospital staff, and many community volunteers have been instrumental in putting on both events.

Erin Roberts, a physical therapist at the hospital, and Run for Your Life volunteer told us more about October’s race.

“We’re having the Run for Your Life 5K, and it’s also a one mile family Fun Run or Walk, and it’s going to be held at the Homestead up at the Ski Lodge on October 22nd.”

The organization benefitting from Run for Your Life is Bath Community Rehab and Wellness in Mitchelltown.

“We want to continue to have a good place for our community health members to come and stay well. And we hope to make this an annual thing.”

Erin said deciding on how to spend the proceeds from the event will depend on how much is raised, and what is most needed at the time. Whether it is additional weights, or a more up-to-date treadmill, all improvements add to the long-term goal of improved community health. She also described the route for race day.

“The 5k we will start at the ski lodge. We’ll come down from the ski lodge, and we’ll actually end up coming down the middle of the golf course, and coming back up towards Mitchelltown, we’ll turn up Talbott’s Lane. We’ll end up in North Ridge homes, the road up past North Ridge homes for a little while. And then the last stretch of the race is a good down hill and then we actually come past the reservoir lake. It could be challenging, but you can run it or walk it. I’m excited about it.”

For any one who might not be looking for a full 5K, but wants to take in a beautiful fall afternoon in the mountains, there is an alternative.

“The one mile Family Fun Run, or walk, will also start at the ski lodge, and we’re just going to make that loop. We’ll go up behind the ski lodge, and make the loop down past the Owner’s Club entrance, around the front of the Homestead, and back up to the Ski Lodge, so it will just be a little loop there.

We want everybody to wear costumes. You can go all out, or you can just go little. We want to see some fun costumes out there.”

Like all community events, it takes a team of sponsors as well as the worker bees. Erin shared more.

“The Homestead is being awesome in letting us hold the race up there at the Ski Lodge. Bath County Tourism is being awesome, and one of our biggest sponsors, and we have other sponsors as well who have helped us put this on.”

One of the ways to sign up for the 5K and Family Fun Run is to stop by the Wellness Center with the thirty-five dollar fee. There are registration forms there. And Erin shared another very easy way to join in.

“You can register online at, if you go to the main page. To the right of the page, there’s a link for the 5k”. I personally like to run 5Ks myself, and I said this would be great to have one in Bath County, and we’re all really excited to get everybody together and see some fun costumes, and hopefully get some kids out there, and hopefully we can just really have some fun on that Saturday.”

Again, the Run for Your Life, 5K and Family Fun Run, will be held Saturday, October 22nd with day-of registration and check in beginning at 8:00 in the morning.


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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