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Participants in last year's Valentine's Weekend 5K run alongside Lake Norman at Cowan's Ford Golf Club. 

DENVER – The 10th annual Valentine’s Weekend 5K and Fun Run will be held at Cowan’s Ford Golf Club Saturday, Feb. 16. The race, as always with the Valentine’s theme, features both couples and singles divisions.

“This will give you a chance to run with someone else who can help keep you motivated,” meet director Melvin Morrison said in a press release.

Morrison, who coaches track and cross country at East Lincoln High School, has enlisted the help of a two-time Olympian to talk training with the runners and sign autographs for the children. Anthony Famiglietti, who ran collegiately at Appalachian State University and the University of Tennessee, competed for the United States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

The race typically draws upwards of 200 runners, and generates approximately $5,000 through registration fees. A portion of the proceeds raised through this year’s event will be donated to a local family in need, while the remaining money will be used to help the East Lincoln High School cross country team attend camps, according to Morrison.

On race day, there will be more than $1,000 worth of prizes given away at the door, including gift cards to area running stores and medals for the winners in each division as well the kids who participate in the fun run. As has become customary, a special award will be presented to the race’s oldest finisher in honor of Margaret Hagerty, a Concord woman who became the oldest woman to run a marathon on each continent. Hagerty, who participated in the Valentine’s Weekend 5K on several occasions, passed away at the age of 92 in August 2015.

Anyone wishing to run in this year’s race can register online at www.denvernc.com/valentine5k.htm or www.sportoften.com, or in person from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Cowan’s Ford Golf Club. Runners can also register on the day of the event up until 8:45 a.m. at the Cowan’s Ford Golf Club tennis courts.

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