Who in their right mind signs up for a 5k in February – in Michigan? Surprisingly, a lot of people do! In fact, thirty-five ELGA associates were brave enough to take their chances of bearing cold, winter weather and signed up for the Burton Kiwanis Hot Fudge 5K Run & Walk that was held on Saturday, February 18th. It was the kick-off to the Burton Race Series, how could we miss it?! However, even though it was mid-February, BOY OH BOY did we luck out on the weather! It ended up being an absolutely beautiful day with temperatures near the 60 degree mark. It was the fresh reset I needed to get away from the winter blues and put me in a sunny mindset. Nothing gets me in a better mood than nice weather and exercise endorphins, and I think it’s safe to assume that I wasn’t the only one feeling good that day.

In total there were about 350 runners and 146 walkers that came out to make the race a great one this year. Of the nearly 500 participant, I’m very proud to say that seven of the thirty-five ELGA associates placed in the top ten of their division. It is awesome to see us all coming together, one race at a time, to live healthier lifestyles…even if this race ended with hot fudge. Yummy! If you give me beautiful weather and yummy treats at the end, I’ll make sure to sign up for every race. I’m not sure the Burton Kiwanis Hot Fudge 5K Run & Walk will have great weather again next year, but at least the fudge is guaranteed.

Proceeds from this race went to the Burton Kiwanis Club to be used locally for scholarships and grants.  The Kiwanis Club is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to change the world  one child and one community at a time.  Some local projects that the Burton Kiwanis Club supports are:  Key Clubs, Boy Scouts of America, EZ Child Identification Kits, Kindergarten Book Program, Kiwanis Whaley Home for Boys, Crime Stoppers.  Also, each year they offer a $1,000 scholarship to a senior at Atherton High School, Bendle High School and Bentley High School along with a $2,000 grant to each of these school districts to help specifically with curriculum.  Join us next hear, or at the next race in the Burton Race Series, and help make a difference in our community!

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