An active community is a thriving community

Aug 01, 2014

Haywood County does a lot to give back to the community through fundraisers — sometimes through silent auctions and elaborate parties, but it appears Haywood County is now a hub for fundraisers that get people moving.

There’s no better feeling than helping yourself while helping others, and Haywood County has an enormous amount of events that make this happen. We have walks to raise money for cancer and Alzheimer’s research, 5Ks to support many local charities and one-mile races to raise money for the Shriners children’s hospitals.

These types of events run from spring clear through the fall.

The Lake Logan Multisport Festival is returning to Haywood this weekend and brings in hundreds of out-of-town athletes that will compete in an intense half-iron distance triathlon.

On Aug. 16, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway, which gives cyclists an opportunity to bike one of four scenic routes in Haywood County and along one of our greatest assets — the Blue Ridge Parkway. This event also brings in hundreds of athletes from all over the country.

Richard’s Run, a 5K mountain trail run to raise money for brain cancer research, was created to honor one of our own. Richard Coker of Cataloochee lost his battle with brain cancer in December 2013 and people will run on Aug. 16 in his memory. Runners will cross the mile-high Cataloochee Ranch grounds through open meadows, across creeks and along wooded trails.

The annual Main Street Mile will return to downtown Waynesville on Aug. 22. Runners of all age groups gather on one end of Main Street and run to the finish line near the courthouse. All the proceeds go to the children’s hospital in Greensville, South Carolina.

These are just a few of the active fundraising activities going on in Haywood County. We hope everyone can find a cause they are passionate about and participate each year. The blood, sweat and tears will be well worth the camaraderie and the good cause.

The fact that residents and visitors are willing to pay money to be able to walk, run, bike and swim in our backyard says a lot about our community. Not only are we helping those in need by raising money for charities, we are creating a healthy community by taking care of ourselves.

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