5K races benefit Shriners Hospital: Runners get fit for a worthy cause

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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: More than 270 runners took part in the Resolution
Run 5k, which started and finished at the Randy Jones Memorial
Playground.

PIKEVILLE – In its third year, the Resolution 5K Run united more than 270 people on New Year's Day for an important cause – to raise money for Hillbilly Christmas in July (HCIJ) while kick starting the resolution to live a healthier lifestyle in 2016.

Bartley Medical Weight Loss and Shake Senora have joined forces to host four races. All proceeds will benefit HCIJ, a non-profit organization established to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children, as well as the Universal Access Playground in Pikeville. 

In addition to the 5K runs, several other events are held during the year as fundraisers. Approximately $25,000 is raised annually for HCIJ.

“Our goal is to raise $75,000 this year, making a total of $500,000 since Hillbilly Christmas started over a decade ago,” Shelebra Kinney Bartley said.

Bartley, the daughter of HCIJ Chairman Jimmy Kinney, said money raised each year helps provide free medical care for Shriners hospital patients.

 “This is a tradition we are proud of and look forward to carrying out each year,” she said. “We run to help Shriners patients walk again. I am dedicated to helping Pike County get fit while helping the kids at Shriners. It's the best of both worlds,” Bartley said.

Bartley is excited about this year's fundraising activities.

“We have several 5Ks scheduled this upcoming year, along with other fundraisers for HCIJ. It's wonderful to raise money for Shriners while helping people meet their fitness goals for the year,” she added.

Bartley hope participants, like Beth Branham, will commit to their New Year's resolution.

“It's wonderful to have my family here today, starting a healthy 2016 while contributing to such a wonderful cause,” Branham said.

Other scheduled races this year include Run Hog Wild (5K and 10K) on May 28 in Pikeville, White Lightning (5K and half-marathon) on June 2 in Pikeville, and  Run to Kingdom Come (half-marathon) on Nov. 5 in Whitesburg.

For more information on HCIJ, contact Jimmy Kinney 606-226-0726. For more information on upcoming 5Ks, call 606-478-3438.

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