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YMCA hosts 27th
annual Heart of Savannah Race
SAVANNAH — The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will host the 27th Annual Heart of Savannah Race on Saturday in Forsyth Park. Runners, walkers and joggers of all ages are welcome.
In addition to the timed 5K race, the Heart of Savannah features a free ¼ mile Kids Run and a 1 mile Survivor walk. Participants are encouraged to attend a family friendly post-race party in Forsyth Park featuring vendors, games, activities and live music.
All proceeds raised from this year’s race will benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. This evidence-based program focuses on building the mental and physical strength of cancer survivors. Participants work with fitness professionals in small groups to reclaim their health, self-confidence and strength during or following a cancer diagnosis. The 12-week program is offered at no cost to participants. The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has offered the program since 2015 for over 30 participants.
“Since we began the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program in 2015, we have focused on providing our participants with a welcoming and supportive environment,” says Dede Roberts, Resource Director of Healthy Living at the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “Each group really forms a bond and they continue to lean on one other for support long after the program.”
For more information about the race or for information about volunteering, call Hillary Bradbury at 912-354-5480. For information about the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, email Dede Roberts at

Tater Golf Scramble
A golf tournament has been set for Saturday to help the family of Jessica “Tater” Eason, 13, who has brain cancer, pay bills.
The granddaughter of Sgt. Gary Eason with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was found to have a golf ball-size tumor at the base of her skull in December. In February, doctors were able to remove 75 percent of the tumor, but not all of it because it had grown around the brain stem. Jessica continues to have severe headaches and has to endure months of treatments.
The tournament will be at Cherokee rose Country Club in Hinesville. It is a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $50 per person. Two mulligans are included.
Sponsors are welcome at $50, $100 and $200.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. and tee-off at 9 a.m. Cash prizes and awards will be given. For more information call Matt Marchand at 912-610-3345, Tabatha Marchand at 912-977-0975 or Tim Blanton at 912-617-4900.

Seventh annual Sunbury 5K
The 7th annual Sunbury 5K is set for Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.
Registration costs $30. Race-day registration will cost $35. Proceeds benefit local charities.
The presenting sponsor is Merritt and Grinstead Attorneys at Law. Gold sponsors are Coastal Electric, Darsey, Black and Associates, State Farm/Adam Herndon, and the Sunbury Crab Co. Additional sponsors are CE Hall Real Estate/Rachael Breon, M&M Motors, Rountree and Brady Insurance, Atlantic Foot and Ankle and Ted Hall Attorney.
The race will start at 10 a.m. at Sunbury Crab.
Registration details are at
Since the first year in 2010 the Sunbury 5K has donated more than $25,000 to charities. Most recently, recipients were the Liberty County Coalition for the Homeless, Carpathia Paws Animal Rescue and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Liberty County.

Healthy Hinesvill 5K on Oct. 8
The city of Hinesville is hosting the Annual Healthy Hinesville 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Oct. 8.
The race takes place at Bradwell Park. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Mayor’s Motorcade, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health as well as benefits mental health patients across Georgia. Hinesville’s contribution to the Mayor’s Motorcade specifically benefits patients at Georgia Regional Hospital. Last year, the City of Hinesville was able to contribute $2,800 to this cause.
Runners who register in-person before Sept. 24 will receive a discounted registration fee of $25. In-person registrants must pay by cash or check made payable to the City of Hinesville. All early, in-person registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt.

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