Roaring 5K Run scheduled for April 27

(file photo) Last year, over 80 participants took part in last year's one-of-a-kind Roaring 5K run and walk, which benefits the Tallassee Lions Club.

The Tallassee Lions Club is celebrating its upcoming 102nd anniversary with the annual Roaring 5K Run on April 27 sponsored by Neptune Technology Group.

The 5K has expanded to included walkers and the distance walked will count toward the Healthy Families Initiative, a community program that challenges citizens to participate in the local 100-mile challenge sponsored by the City of Tallassee and Tallassee City Schools.

Proceeds from the 5K will benefit children and adults who need eye exams and eyewear and may not otherwise have access to those basic needs. Dr. Paris Mullins of Tallassee will offer services at a discounted price to help as many children as needed.

“Every year the Lions Club reaches out into the community to conduct eye exams, usually at the elementary and middle schools,” Laurie Rygiel of the Tallassee Lions Club said. “We also helped a few elderly citizens who otherwise would not afford eye exams or glasses.”

In addition to providing eye exams and eyewear to individuals, the Roaring 5K Run also benefits the diabetes association and helps people afflicted with the disease.

The 5K will begin at Tallassee High School and follow a picturesque path along the river walk, across the Fitzpatrick Bridge and back to the high school to finish. It’s open to people of all levels of athletic skill.

“We have a lot of people who walk too,” Rygiel said. “It’s a lot of fun whether you run or walk.”

Those interested in participating should sign up as soon as possible to ensure receiving an event T-shirt.

“We are also taking signups up at 7 o’clock that morning but a T-shirt is not guaranteed,” Rygiel said. “Everyone who preregisters will receive a T-shirt.”

Neptune Technology Group, a leading employer in the Tallassee area, is sponsoring the event and offering discounted entry fees to its employees.

“Supporting the local community is one of our values at Neptune,” Neptune Technology Group’s VP of Operations, Wayne Pitchford, said. “Several of our employees are members of the Lion’s Club and the work they do is important. This event also gives us an opportunity to promote health and wellness among our employees – another one of Neptune’s values. We enjoy exercising and spending time with our families while backing a great cause.”

Registration forms can be picked at the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce on South Ann Ave or online registration is available by visiting www.tallasseechamber.com. For more information call 334-252-0774.