Preston Teams Run For It

– July 27, 2015 – Five Preston County teams are seeking help to raise support for local causes.  The Preston County Humane Society, the After School Explorers program, the Aurora Project, the Cheat River Watershed, and Kingwood Elementary School teams are seeking team members and sponsor support to help the capture a slice of the $81,000 that will be awarded on Saturday, September 26 at Run For It, a 2k walk and 5k run around the Town of Davis.

Susie Huggins, leading the charge for Team After School Explorers, is determined to build an endowment to provide sustainable after- school programming.  Huggins and her team captured more than $2,500 in the 2014 race.

Team Aurora Project, led by Kellyn Biela and Alice Fleischman, is looking to fan the spark of inspiration and enrich the Preston community with workshops, school programs, and historic restoration. This team has participated in the program for several years but comes into this year’s race with a renewed sense of purpose and energy.

Preston County Humane Society (PCHS), led by team captain Dana Rexroad, is seeking support to benefit animal welfare through a spay and neutering program.  Since 2011, this team has captured more than $10,800 in race proceeds for PCHS and they are expected to have a strong team again this year.

Restoring, preserving, and promoting the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River Watershed are priorities for Amanda Pitzer, Executive Director and Team Captain for Friends of the Cheat. This is their second year in the program and it could be a game changer.  At their request, a high-5 station will be added to the race course for those who want to cheer the racers on.

New to the program, Kingwood Elementary School Stags, led by Jill Zeigler, is another exciting team to watch. A clear vision and fierce determination are fueling this team’s effort to support their local school.

Preston County Commission Awards have local teams working hard to recruit team members and sponsor support.  Capitalizing on a unique program that rewards effort, motivates participation in a healthy activity, and leverages additional support for the county, Commissioners Jennings, Price, and Smith join 4 other county commissions that are supporting their respective teams through the Run For It program.

Run For It is held on the streets of Davis during Leaf Peepers Festival. The 2k walk and 5k run starts and finishes in front of the Davis Volunteer Fire Department on Rt. 32.  Team photos start at 10am, race line up starts at 10:50 and the racers are out of the gate at 11am.  Awards are announced at 1pm.  Racers can enjoy music, craft vendors, food and other festivities and still make it back to enjoy the Buckwheat Festival.

Since 2007, Run For It has generated more than $775,000 to benefit community causes throughout the region. Fifty five teams are registered for the September event; the largest lineup in race history.

Register now to join the race.  Team sponsor donations help teams leverage additional support, and donors can support multiple teams. Register or donate online at Entry forms, team sponsor coupons, and other information are available at  For more information, call 304.259.5008.


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