Looking for a way to stretch your legs this weekend? Register yourself (and your pup too!) for the first Beaufort NC Lions Club Beaufort Bridge Run 5K and 1+ Mile Dog Strut this Saturday, Nov. 2.
Registration for the race, themed “Get Over It,” is available online and the morning of the race. Adults are $25 in advance and $30 the day of, active military are $20 and children under 12 are free.
The Beaufort NC Lions Club has hosted many races in the past, but decided to change up their annual fundraising event and take on a new, fun and challenging course this year. The change has been popular, event organizers said. Early registrations are nearly double what they were in 2018.
Proceeds from the event go to several charities the Beaufort NC Lions Club supports, including vision needs in Carteret County, Leader Dog and Camp Needles in the Pines for diabetic children. The Lions Club has raised thousands of dollars over the last several years for these and other charities.
Both the 5K and Dog Strut begin at 8 am. After the races wrap up, The Backstreet Pub will host a post-race party in their beer garden for participants, volunteers and spectators.
Runners and Dog Strutters will receive complimentary beer and Backstreet will have Mimosas and Bloody Marys for sale at the bar. Turner Street Market will have breakfast food available for purchase.
Some have asked if the “Get Over It” theme is a subtle dig at the locals who did not want the original Grayden Paul drawbridge removed, but Race Director David Daly said that’s not the case.
“As a runner myself, at times when I approach a challenging course I just tell myself to ‘get over it’ and keep running,” Daly explained.
“It’s more personal to run or walk over the bridge than driving over it. It’s like a meet-and-greet with the bridge, you take ownership of it as a part of the town. You connect in a way you just can’t do going 45 miles per hour over the span.
“We really want to celebrate our new bridge, and this is a great way to do just that,” he continued. “Whether you’re running, walking or your dog is barking, it should be an amazing experience.”
The Beaufort NC Lions club said it wants to give special thanks to the Town of Beaufort, the Beaufort Police Department, the Morehead Police Department and PSG Traffic Control, which will be setting up the course with cones and signage to keep traffic flowing and participants safe.
Via The Beaufort Lions Club