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Hundreds come out for 4 on the 4th race in Roanoke

Benefits Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia

The events supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.
The events supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.

ROANOKE – Hundreds of people kicked off the July Fourth holiday with a run.  The annual Four on the Fourth race was in downtown Roanoke Tuesday morning.

More than 350 runners registered for the Boys and Girls Clubs 4 on the 4th race.
More than 350 runners registered for the Boys and Girls Clubs 4 on the 4th race.

It started with a four mile run, followed by a one mile kids fun run.  The race benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.

More than 350 runners registered and they say promoting healthy lifestyles is important.

"The kids come out, the community comes out to support us on a beautiful day like this. We're very thankful," said Calvin Curry, director of operations.

"Some days I wake up, don't feel good, go to the club. It makes me feel great. The people there, they are great," said Ja'Nia Elston, Boys and Girls Club member.

The one mile kids fun run brings out kids of all ages.
The one mile kids fun run brings out kids of all ages.

"We are child psychiatrists so it's to support these community organizations that support children, fitness and fun," said Norah Silver, a runner.

More than 150 kids go to the clubs after school.  For just $15 a year they get access to snacks, help with homework, and exercise.

WSLS 10 is a proud sponsor of this event and our own Jenna Zibton was honored to be the master of ceremonies.