CVHN Smile Mile & 5K
Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) will host their 2nd Annual Smile Mile and 5K race on May 12th, 2018, presented by St. Joe Community Foundation. The race starts and ends at Watercolor Marina Park located in Santa Rosa Beach.
The CVHN signature event is fun-for-all ages and will help raise funds that will directly affect the health and well-being of kids in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. With over 20 percent of children in both counties living at poverty levels, CVHN provides for children who otherwise would have nowhere to turn for medical, dental and vision care.
“We are encouraging fundraising teams of participants to band together in support of CVHN,” says Mike Gavigan, race chair and chair of the board for CVHN. “We would love to see participants of all ages and abilities join us for the CVHN Smile Mile and 5K.”
Unusual for races in South Walton, the CVHN race is a stroller-friendly event; a measure to encourage family participation.
5K participants will start at 7:30 AM and head west on Western Lake, turn right on Buttercup, then right onto on 30A with a turnaround point at a halfway mark. The Smile Mile is also known as the ‘Fastest Mile on 30A’ and starts at 8:15 AM. “We call it the Fastest Mile on 30A because we want it to be a competitive run, and a fun run; A short distance to sprint among stellar Watercolor scenery,” says Gavigan.
After the race, participants will enjoy music, food, and awards. Prizes will be given for fastest runners and a grand prize will be awarded for the largest registered team.
Aside from being family friendly, the race is also budget friendly. Each, the 5K and Smile Mile race entry fee is only $30 for adults and only $15 for kids 18 and under. Children in a stroller are free. With t-shirts to commemorate the event, the discounted price for participation is available for a limited time. Fees will increase April 1st.