Runners have two choices for running in Lynchburg this weekend, both on Saturday morning.
Runners, walkers and dogs will head downtown for Rachael's Paws & Purrs 5K & 10K which begins at 8:30 a.m.
Meet below Amazement Square for race day registration starting at 7:30 a.m. There's a 50/50 raffle and prizes for humans and dogs.
Funds raised from Rachael's Paws & Purrs benefit the Rachael Horton Compassionate Care Fund, which was created in honor and memory of Rachael Horton.
Rachael and her husband, Aaron, died April 8, 2011 in an apartment fire. Prior to her death, Rachael worked as a veterinary assistant and was known for her generosity to all animals who needed care.
The Rachael Horton Compassionate Care Fund provides funds for pets needing life or death care. Leashed dogs are welcome at the event.
Across town, the Crosswhite Fitness 5K will be held at Liberty University's Williams Stadium, starting at 8 a.m. There will be registration on site starting at 7 a.m.
Runners can also register at Riverside Runners on Friday during packet pickup hours from noon to 6 p.m. The Crosswhite Fitness 5K benefits the Fellowship of Christian Athletes programs.
Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife, Becki, will join runners on the course so expect to find a lot of Liberty students running.
There are no running events planned in Lynchburg next weekend; however, Riverside Runners will host an injury clinic with Rehab Associates of Central Virginia on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Area runners will step up their pace over the next couple of weeks as they prepare for the Virginia 10 Miler on Sept. 28. The 10 Miler celebrates 40 years and will include the largest field of runners in the history of the event.
According to Race Director Jeff Fedorko, nearly 70 elite runners from around the world will compete in the Virginia 10 Miler. For the first year, assisted athletes will participate in the 10 Miler.
Two celebrity guests will be on hand for the 10 Miler. Kathrine Switzer, who attended Lynchburg College, was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon.
Switzer will be joined by her husband, Roger Robinson, an elite runner who competed in England, New Zealand and beyond for more than 50 years.
Switzer and Robinson will also be at the Virginia 10 Miler festival on Friday, Sept. 27 at Amazement Square. Switzer will speak at the Holiday Inn Downtown on Thursday, Sept. 26 for the Women's Luncheon Series.
Lace up your running shoes and join in this weekend in Lynchburg. Whether you run Rachael's Paws & Purrs or the Crosswhite Fitness 5K, you'll be helping a good cause.