As South Aiken High School's top-ranked men's cross country runner, Justin Albertson has won his share of races, but his most meaningful prize didn't come from a school race.
"I ran in the Bolivia run and was the top runner in my age group. I received a Bolivian-made blanket," said Justin, a junior.
Runners from across the area participate in the annual event, according to Janis Collins, the publicity chairwoman for the 10th Bolivia run, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Riverview Park in North Augusta.
"This is a community endeavor to raise money for our mission trips to Bolivia," she said. "We take medical and construction teams. The next team is a medical one. We recently built a clinic there."
Handmade items from the people who live in a remote section of the Andes Mountains are among the prizes in the race.
There are three events on race day: a tot trot, a children's 1-mile run and a 5K run/walk.
The last medical team sent to Bolivia included several medical students from the Medical College of Georgia, the University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University, Ms. Collins said.
Although the missions are sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church, anyone in the community with a medical background is welcome, said Ms. Collins.
Race registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children until Oct. 4 and $17 for adults and $12 for children after that.
Applications may be picked up at Grace United Methodist in North Augusta. For more information, call (803) 279-7525.
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