At the VNA 5K, runners take the course for different reasons
Kelly Chatterton was near the back of the pack at Saturday's VNA Hospice Remembrance 5K in Hanover, but that didn't matter to her.
"I like to get a good walk in and gossip with my sisters," said Chatterton, who just turned 65 in August. "Going out and doing these things, it's a good way to stay active both physically and socially."
Chatterton added that she likes to go on walks at least twice a week. Sometimes she goes out by herself but prefers to walk with a friend, she said. Saturday's 5K was a good excuse to get out of the house (and away from her husband, she said, jokingly) and take in a cool September morning.
"We have so many nice parks and buildings in the area, there really is a lot to take in if you look hard enough," Chatterton said.
On the other side of the spectrum is Tori Daniels, who signed up because her 9-year-old wanted to see her mom run, she said.
"It didn't take much convincing. We know this is for a good cause," she said.
Whether the motive was to get out and be with friends, impressing a child or running in honor of a loved one, about 125 participants were expected for the fourth annual VNA Hospice Remembrance 5K, said Jill Lau, the race coordinator.
Lau created the race as a way to remember some of the patients she worked with in an active and healthy manner, she said. All proceeds from the race go to the hospice bereavement program, Lau said, but there is really no target goal.
A good part about the race is that it's upbeat and family-centric, Lau said.
"We have a lot of people that come as a team or family and wear matching shirts and stuff," she said. "It's a positive experience."