Lafayette Cross-Country to Host Charity 5K for York River State Park

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Proceeds from the race will go toward Friends of York River State Park. (Photo courtesy of DCR/Virginia State Parks)
Proceeds from the race will go toward Friends of York River State Park. (Photo courtesy of DCR/Virginia State Parks)

For the 10th year, Lafayette High School’s cross-country team will host a 5K to help support a charitable cause.

This year’s 5K race will support Friends of York River State Park, a nonprofit charity that helps fund conservation and education projects at York River State Park.

The race, which will be held Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m., coincides with the park’s Estuary Day, which will feature various educational resources and demonstrations throughout the park.

Lafayette’s cross-country coach Craig Wortman said the event is mutually beneficial for the local running community and the park.

“The park is providing us a facility to run the race in. At the same time, us being there at the park brings guests to the park,” Wortman said. “We’re helping the park directly by having the race there, but being able to have the race there helps the local running community.”

The ability to support York River State Park seemed like a no-brainer for Lafayette’s cross-country team, which travels to the park for practices. Wortman also bikes, runs and walks his dog at the park, which he called a “great community resource,” in his spare time.

This year’s race features a $30 registration fee with each participant receiving a commemorative race shirt for signing up. The race will also feature door prizes, raffles, an awards ceremony, home-made baked goods and a one-mile fun run that will precede the 5K at 8 a.m.

Those who sign up for the race, which Wortman described as “beginner friendly,” will also have their $4 parking fee for the park paid for by race organizers.

Wortman hopes people will not only come out to support the charitable efforts of Lafayette’s cross-country team, but also to participate in the race to get a first-hand look at what a high school runner goes through during a race.

“I’d say come out and test yourself against some challenging terrain,” he said. “See what local high school runners are doing and enjoy this great park.”

To register for the race, click here.