What has developed into a Weirton community tradition to end every summer season will be making its return this Friday.
The annual Marland Heights 5K Community Race will begin and end at Marland Heights Park, with a variety of races and events planned for residents of all ages.
Races are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
We thank the organizers and sponsors of this year's race, which include the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation and the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Without the work and other contributions of the men and women from these organizations, as well as other volunteers and sponsors, the yearly race most likely would not be able to take place.
The Marland Heights 5K has been taking place for years, with participants racing through the streets of the city neighborhood, both for fitness and glory.
In addition to the 5K itself, there also will be a 2-mile fitness walk and various youth and other specialty races. In addition, for the sixth year, the race will include a special competition among our local high schools, where a special prize will be given to the participating students from a local high school who accumulate the most points based on their finish.
This is one of those great community events that are able to return year after year thanks to the support of our residents and officials.
Even if you are not a runner, there is something for you to do. If you don't want to take part in the race itself, feel free to stand along the race route and cheer on the competitors.
Every community needs these special events to bring it some flavor, and the Weirton area is fortunate to have the Marland Heights 5K as one of its special community activities.
Once again, we thank those responsible for putting it on, and wish all of this year's participants luck as they prepare to step up to that starting line.