Washington County on the run; STGnews Videocast, Photo Gallery

Staff and residents of the Southern Utah Veterans Home as well as members of the Junior ROTC of Washington County and community members participate in the Veterans Day 5K and 1-mile race, Ivins, Utah, Nov. 8, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Runners and walkers from all over the county laced up their shoes on a bright, sunny morning to test their speed, burn some calories or to help a good cause at one of the several runs and walks held in the area Saturday.

From Springdale to Ivins and many places in between, Washington County residents and guests put a spring in their step and headed out the door to enjoy a morning in the sun and on the run.

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Videocast by Melissa Anderson, St. George News and KCSG

Turnout was good and atmospheres were friendly and fun at several races organized to raise funds for local charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society, the Utah Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America and Washington County’s Junior ROTC.

“I am happily amazed at the turnout,” Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society Executive President LuAnn Lundquist said of the “Support Your Local Grandparent” walk at Tonaquint Park, which played on the Western theme of “Support Your Local Sheriff.”

Other runs, like the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mustache Dash, saw racers don lime green and purple mustaches as they took off down the path at Crosby Family Confluence Park, while the “Walk to End Lupus Now” event held at Vernon Worthen Park created a party atmosphere with food, supporters and live music.

In Ivins, the Southern Utah Veterans Home hosted its first annual Veterans Day 5K and 1-mile run/walk to honor veterans and pay tribute to them, Breanna Sutherland, veterans home admissions coordinator, said.

The veterans race was also organized in support of future servicemen, and proceeds from the event were donated to the Junior ROTC of Washington County, Sutherland said.

St. George News and KCSG Television videographer Melissa Anderson contributed to this report.

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  • Zonkerb November 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Thats a shame dancing is illegal here because you could of had a fund raising dance…. but dancing is an arrestable offence

  • LuAnn Lundquist November 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Holly thank you for covering our Walk to Support Your Local Grandparents. It was well written and the photographs were wonderful. They showed the fun and the great support our community has for our seniors. Your excellent coverage is greatly appreciated.

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