‘Blue Devil Dash’ 5K Run/Walk Scheduled

The second annual Blue Devil Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road. The event is sponsored by the Varina High School Student Government Association and seeks to promote health and wellness, while raising funds for student activities, campus beautification and scholarships.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include both a timed 5K run/walk on a flat course that starts and ends at the school and a one-mile kids’ fun run. School bands and cheerleaders will provide encouragement for participants in this event along the race course.

Trophies will be awarded to top finishers in all age categories as well as to overall finishers. Prizes will be provided by local businesses, including Dave & Buster’s, Panera Bread, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Boathouse Restaurant. Financial and in-kind support for this event is being provided by the Varina Ruritans, BCWH Architectural Firm, Montgomery & Simpson, LLC, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A and Cabot Creamery.

Runners, walkers, and community supporters can register for the event at http://www.raceit.com. For details, call 226-8700.
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The American Legion Post 233, 8088 Recreation Rd. in Varina, will host a Bluegrass Show and Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Featuring The Front Porch Pickers. Anyone is welcome to play or sing. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call Wayne Gilbert at 572-3124. Full text

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