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Lynchburg running events: May 3-4

Darrell Wargo, shown here running the Resolution Run, took first place in the Autism Awareness 5K on May 3 at Jefferson Forest High School
Darrell Wargo, shown here running the Resolution Run, took first place in the Autism Awareness 5K on May 3 at Jefferson Forest High School
Sandy Wallace

A warm, sunny weekend in Lynchburg is just right for running. On Saturday, May 3, Jefferson Forest High School was the site of the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk.

The event, which benefits The Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center, brought out 73 runners and 13 walkers. Darrell Wargo won the 5K with a time of 19:37.

Following Wargo to round out the top three male finishers were Justin Bliss, 21:12 and Mark Stephens, 21:48. The top three female finishers were Shelley Stephens, 22:20; Dana Bryant, 22:51; and Jeanne Craig, 24:19.

Visit the Riverside Runners website for full results for the Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk and to register for upcoming May running events in Central Virginia.

Two running events will be held on Sunday, May 4. The Spring Into Spring 4 Miler, which begins at 2 p.m., is the second event in the Lynchburg Road Runners 2014 Race Series.

The April 30 CSX train derailment in downtown Lynchburg lent an air of uncertainty to the running of the Spring Into Spring 4 Miler. The train derailment resulted in the closure of portions of the James River Heritage Trail system in Lynchburg where the event was to be held.

Riverside Runners announced on their Facebook page on May 2 that the event will proceed as scheduled; however, there will be no parking available on Jefferson Street or behind Amazement Square, where cleanup work continues from the train derailment.

Runners can park on Commerce Street or in the Human Services parking lot off 9th Street. Packet pickup on race day will be at Amazement Square near the big yellow school bus.

In Rustburg, runners will Paint the Trails for a Cure on Sunday, May 4, at Watson's Farm, located at 2250 Browns Mill Road. The 1/2 Mile Run/Walk for children in 5th grade and younger begins at 3 p.m. and the 5K Color Fun Run/Walk begins at 3:30 p.m.

During the race, each participant will wear white clothes, and will be plastered with different colors of non-toxic colored corn starch at each 1/2 mile point to celebrate their progress.

The Robertson Relayers are hosting the 5K Color Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Relay For Life-Campbell County East event, which will be held on May 16-17, 2014 at the Rustburg High School track.

All proceeds from this colorful event will go to the Relay For Life to help all of us achieve more birthdays, to show support for all cancer Fighters and Survivors, and to remember those we have lost to this awful disease.

Online registration is closed for Sunday's events; however, race day registration is available. Running is a great way to stay in shape and Sunday's weather will be perfect for area runners.

Next weekend, girls from the area will run the Girls on the Run Celebration 5K on May 10 at 8 a.m. The event will be held at Sweet Briar College with shuttle parking available at Amherst County High School.

Elementary and middle school girls in many local schools participate in the Girls on the Run of Central Virginia program, which trains girls to run a 5K race, while building self-confidence with spring and fall celebration 5K events.

Also on May 10, the Knights on a Quest 5K will be held at James River State Park in Gladstone at 9 a.m. The event is presented by Buckingham County Elementary School.

Two local events are on the May 17 running schedule. The 7th Annual Calvary Baptist Church Road Trip 5K & Youth Mile will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 20957 Timberlake Road. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and is followed by the Youth Mile at 9 a.m.

The We Honor Veterans 5K will be held at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford at 8 a.m. Register for this event on race day.

The third run in the Lynchburg Road Runners Series will be held on Memorial Day, May 26. The Memorial Day 10K Run and 2 Mile Walk benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

This event begins at 8 a.m. and uses the Blackwater Creek Trail, located behind Amazement Square. Updates to parking will be noted on the Riverside Runners Facebook page.

You can register for upcoming running events in Central Virginia at the Riverside Runners website. Many area running events are also posted on The Aid Station website.

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