The 42nd Annual Health Focus of Southwest Virginia Salem Distance Run is set for Saturday, August 13. The 5K, 10K and 3-mile Poker Walk events will once again start on Main Street in Downtown Salem and end at Longwood Park. The races begin at 8 a.m. and the entry fee is $22 for the 5K & 10K and $17 for the Poker Walk. Each participant also will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
The weekend gets started on Friday, August 12, with packet pick-up and registration at Longwood Park from
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, runners can arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. to register, visit the vendors, enjoy music and meet
the event’s celebrity runner, Michael Wardian, an ultra-marathon runner from Arlington.
Wardian was the USA Track & Field runner of the year in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and he was named athlete of the year in 2011 by the International Association Ultra-Runner. He is a three-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier who holds a silver medal in the World 100k Championships. This year he has taken two firsts and a second in The North Face Endurance Challenges 50-Miler races in Washington, D.C., Costa Rica and Ecuador.
To get an application, register or secure additional information please visit us at www.healthfocusswva.org or call
(540) 444-2925, extension 200.