LUMBERTON — The team that tops an upcoming relay race will pass the prize to charity.
On Sept. 22, the Robeson Road Runners will hold its third annual Jack and Jill Nine-mile Challenge on the track at Lumberton High School.
Each team will consist of three men and three women, with the first place winner dedicating the $200 grand prize to a charity of its choosing. A $150 prize will be donated on behalf of the winner for Best Unified Team Running Attire.
“It’s always a party,” said Jef Lambdin, president of Robeson Road Runners. “Everybody is egging everybody on and cheering for each other.”
The winning group last year used its prize to help cover the bills of a hospitalized child, according to Lambdin.
Held alongside a picnic, the annual relay stands out from other events orchestrated by the fitness group.
“It promotes a healthy lifestyle, which is what we’re all about, but it’s different from other races we do because everybody congregates in one place,” Lambdin said. “As a running club, we rarely get to have everybody together.”
The entry fee for each team is $60. To request an application, email robesonroadrunners.com or call 910-671-3876.
Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or on Twitter @Jaymie_Baxley.