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The City of Heath invites you to start Easter weekend off at the 2014 Heart of Heath 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, April 19. The family-friendly event is open to all ages and athletic abilities ranging from the casual walker or baby jogger to the elite runner. 

The fun begins rain or shine at 8:30 a.m. at Heath City Hall, 200 Laurence Dr. Online registration is available at the site or in person at City Hall.

“Hosting the Heart of Heath 5K Run/Walk on Easter weekend has been a popular decision for this hometown tradition,” said Gayle Kurht, chairman of the City of Heath’s Special Events Board. “Our participation has increased each year as people come out to share the camaraderie of a great event that promotes healthy lifestyles and community involvement.” 

The start and finish lines will be chip timed. The course is USATF certified with professional race management provided by the Rockwall Running Center in conjunction with It’sYourRace.com. Through this partnership, a free Heart of Heath Race app will be available to all participatants.

The male and female race categories are divided by age with awards presented to the top three in each class as well as awards going to the top runners overall and over-40 masters winners. 

Five-year age brackets from age 20 to 70 and over are: 20-25; 26-30; 31-35; 36-40; 41-45; 46-50; 51-55; 56-60; 61-65; 66-70; and 70+. Youth age brackets are: u-11; 12-14; and 15-19. 

A Dri-Fit T-shirt bearing the Heart of Heath logo will be given to every participant while supplies last, and drawings will be held after the race for door prizes donated by local merchants.

The early registration fee is $20 by March 19 and $25 by April 18. The race-day fee is $30. The youth registration fee is $12 in advance and $15 at the race. 

 Information provided by the City of Heath.

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