What began as a project for students at Augusta State University will result in a race benefiting women with cancer.
The Lace up for Lydia 5K Run/Walk will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. April 28 at the Savannah Rapids along the Augusta Canal. The event benefits the Daksha Chudgar Lydia House, a respite house being built for women with cancer who don’t have a place to stay while being treated. It is the first year for the race but “we’d like it to be an annual event” supporting the respite house, said Michele Canchola, the executive director of The Lydia Project.
The race began about two months ago with four Augusta State students who “came across the street” from the campus to the nearby Lydia Project office on McDowell Street, she said. The students wanted to do a project benefiting a nonprofit, chose Lydia and have put the race together themselves, Canchola said.
“They’ve done a good job,” she said.
Registration is $25 before the event and $30 on the day of the event, but is free for those ages 12 and under. Dogs on leashes are welcome, Canchola said.