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Independence Day 5K Benefits Camp Holiday Trails

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240 people ready to race in the Independence Day 5K. 240 people ready to race in the Independence Day 5K.
28-year-old Miko Clark was the overall race winner in 17:11. 28-year-old Miko Clark was the overall race winner in 17:11.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

More than 200 runners and walkers braved the heat on the morning of the Fourth of July in Albemarle County as the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville hosted their annual Independence Day 5K Race.

In the race’s 35th installment, runners gathered at a new location from previous years in Hollymead Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. The race was held to benefit Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville, a camp that serves kids facing health challenges that prevent them from having a traditional summer camp experience. 

“Our campers have various diagnosis that range from diabetes to asthma, to cancer to cystic fibrosis,” said CHT’s director of philanthropy Meg Phillips. “Each session has mixed diagnosis so kids all come together to share and build empathy.”

The camp serves more than 200 kids every summer, in addition to other events throughout the year. The race helped raise money for staff, food, and other operational costs.

The overall winner of the race was 28-year-old Miko Clark who finished in a time of 17:11 while 36-year-old Kevin Jones defended his runner-up title from last year. Alexandra Bender, 28, was the first female finisher and rounded out the top three overall in a time of 18:21.

The Kiwanis Club is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world through the lives of children. Charlottesville’s roughly 50-member club was chartered in 1922. 

Camp Holiday Trails will have another benefit race on July 21, a five-mile race that travels through Reservoir Road and up to the camp itself.