Augusta State students plan Lydia Project run

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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.


WHAT: The Lace up for Lydia 5K Run/Walk

WHEN: 8 to 10 a.m. April 28

WHERE: Savannah Rapids and along the Augusta Canal

COST: Registration is $25 before the event and $30 the day of the event. It benefits the Daksha Chudgar Lydia House, a respite home for women with cancer being built by The Lydia Project. To register, go to

MORE INFORMATION: Call The Lydia Project at (706) 736-5467.

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check 04/20/12 - 09:18 pm
Thank you Tom Corwin. God

Thank you Tom Corwin. God bless the ASU students involved and all the women Lydia serves.

fatboyhog 04/21/12 - 11:36 am
Great job by the ASU

Great job by the ASU students. I was all set to register until I saw that dogs are allowed. I tried running an event where dogs were allowed. I almost tripped over them and was snapped at several times. Plus, dodging doggie droppings is no fun. I don't think that dogs/people mix at events like this. Too bad I'll sit this one out.

Partyof5 04/22/12 - 10:45 am
Thank you Mr. Corwin for

Thank you Mr. Corwin for sharing this very special 5K run/walk. Bless the ASU students and all participating in this special event in support of women coping with cancer. See you there!

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