New year can be off to running start



Area residents are running into 2014 in support of several charities with 5K events in the books for January.


THE SUPERHERO RESOLUTION 5K is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Savannah Rapids Park.

“We started this two years ago as our major class fundraiser,” said Lauren Matthews, volunteer coordinator for the Georgia Regents University Physician Assistant Class of 2015 of the third Superhero Resolution 5K.

The event raises money for the Christ Church Health Clinic held on first Saturdays at the Mercy Center and third Saturdays at Christ Church. The clinic was established by members of the 2005 physician assistant class. It provides services such as “complete physical exams, blood glucose monitoring, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure assessments, patient education and flu vaccinations,” according to a sponsor letter.

Matthews said proceeds will buy supplies needed to operate the clinic.

Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. Prizes will be given to the top three finishers and for the best costume.

To register, visit


THE SECOND ANNUAL Red Nose Run 5K and Family Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at James Brown Arena.

“It’s going to be fun. We will have clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus,” said Katie Cason, the marketing director for Global Spectrum, which operates James Brown Arena.

Other Southeastern cities will have similar events preceding the circus’s performance. The circus will be in Augusta on Feb. 6-9.

Cason said they expect about 200 runners to participate in the event, which benefits Ronald McDonald House. For more information, visit


THE FOURTH ANNUAL Dog Gone Cold 5K will be Saturday, Jan. 25, at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit on Milledge Road. The one-mile fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the 5K following at 10.

The event benefits Hopeful Hounds, a nonprofit organization that promotes pet adoption and raises funds for animal shelters and animal rescue groups. Learn more at


MORE RUNS AHEAD: Visit to find more local events in January and beyond, including:

2nd Annual New Year’s Day Run, 5K or 10K: Runners will tackle the terrain of the USC Aiken Pacer Path, by the Convocation Center on University Parkway in Aiken, to raise money to help feed children in Honduras. Both races begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. For more information, find the event on Facebook or call (803) 270-4820.