For Men Only: Local runs this weekend benefit great causes

For Men Only: Local runs this weekend benefit great causes

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Hopefully the weather will stay nice for thousands of runners and walkers taking part in a bright race Friday night, and two more on Saturday.

We have all the details on these special events and the inspiring man behind one of them in this week's "For Men Only."

Nine co-workers at this TV station and I will be in the 4th annual "Paint the Town Pink" Flash Night Run and Walk Friday night. The race starts at 8:30 p.m. at Woodruff Park, next to the Chattahoochee River. Runners will cross state lines, and along the RiverWalk route, there will be music, dancing lights, and other glow-in-the-dark stuff. It benefits the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition for breast cancer awareness.

Then, this Saturday Oct.5 at 8 a.m. is the Wounded Warrior 5K and 10K. It starts at 8 a.m. in Downtown Columbus. The cost is $25 if you register Friday, $30 on race day. Net proceeds go to benefit the soldiers and families of the Fort Benning Warrior Transition Battalion.

Also Saturday is the 4th annual "Run for Jeremy" to help "assassinate Lou Gehrig's Disease" in honor of retired high school football coach Jeremy Williams, who was diagnosed with the terminal disease and is also known for being on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. That 5K race starts at 8:30am at Harris County High School in Hamilton, benefitting Emory ALS Center. The cost is $30. More than 600 runners participated in last year's Run for Jeremy, raising $14,000 for ALS treatment and research.

For more information on this race, go to my Facebook page. Also, email your comments anytime to jdennis@wxtx.com.

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