By Jordan Beach

Start training now to prepare for the Reinhardt University 6th annual “Born to Run 5K,” rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 31 in downtown Canton.

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Reinhardt's Student Affairs team cheers on the runners support local students.

The annual 5K is a part of a yearly effort to raise money for Cherokee Scholars, which aids in the funding for the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant program helps provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University, providing scholarships and pushing Cherokee County residents forward in their future.

The race will be located in Cannon Park in downtown Canton at 130 East Main St. Pre-registration is $25, and registration after Oct. 19 will be $30. Registration for runners age 12 and under will be $15. If unable to attend or run on race day, support a student for $25. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Early registration packet pickup will be Oct. 30 from 1-4 p.m. at Reformation Brewery, 225 Reformation Pkwy Suite 500 in Canton, Georgia.

Last year’s race provided $20,000 for local students to attend Reinhardt.

"The Born to Run 5K is a fun opportunity for the community to come together and support Cherokee County students who are earning their degrees at Reinhardt University. Now more than ever, students pursuing higher education in these trying times could use our help," said Dale Morrissey, senior director of community engagement for Reinhardt. "We offer great sponsorship opportunities as well, which also contributes to raising scholarship money for students right here in Cherokee County."

Register at Reinhardt.edu/5K or www.Active.com.