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AVPRIDE’S Hawaiian Run Thingy just around the corner, April 16

HIRES - Youth Fun Outfits - permissions grantedAVPRIDE is saying “Aloha!” again this year at their annual “Hawaiian Run Thingy.”  This uniquely-named community gathering combines Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts, tastes of Hawaii, and fun activities for everyone.
The Run Thingy brings a Hawaiian experience without the cost of travel.  Featured activities include Hula dance lessons, limbo, karaoke, trike races, Hawaiian shirt contest, bouncy house, coconut roll, live tropical birds, steel drums, Sandbox Discovery, acting workshops featured by the Woodruff Arts Center, an “amazing” post-race celebration.  It will take place at Shakerag Knoll on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 4:00pm.   The address is 192 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City.

Adding a 10k race
This year, AVPRIDE has added a certified 10k race.  Paul Schultz, a representative of Panasonic, one of Run Thingy’s sponsors, noted, “As someone who likes to race, I really enjoyed last year’s 5k course, and the Hawaiian Run Thingy should be even better this year with a chip-timed, certified 10k course.”  AVPRIDE will again feature a 5K race, and a 1-mile fun run, walk, and roll (for wheelchair racers).

Tastes of Hawaii
One of last year’s exhibitors, TCBY Yogurt, will be back again this year.  As TCBY’s Mike Murtaugh commented, “We really enjoyed being there and feeding off the Hawaiian theme.  We offered special flavors of frozen yogurt like pina colada, mango sorbet, and Hawaiian pineapple.  Run Thingy was such a unique event with great activities for the entire family that you just can’t find anywhere else.”

“SNAZ” – Special Needs Accommodation Zone – will be on site at Run Thingy, providing a safe environment for comfort and care of families.  Truett’s Luau will be at the grill preparing fresh Hawaiian burgers and yummy sides for dinner.
“Our community has a genuine desire to be part of something that ultimately results in community good will,” shared AVPRIDE Executive Director Pam Reid.  “The Hawaiian Run Thingy’s fun, health, inclusiveness and support for a local charity are a bonus.  I can hardly wait for everyone to see and enjoy the new additions to this year’s event.”

Here is just a taste of the featured tropical fun at Hawaiian Run Thingy:
Live Exotic Birds by Parrot Productions
People of all ages are thrilled to become acquainted with parrots and other exotic birds, and how they compare to the birds we see every day.  Be prepared to interact with these beautiful, colorful feathered friends, and have them perched on YOU!

Hot Hula
Core focused, easy to follow, for all ages and fitness levels, and no equipment needed, HOT HULA fitness® incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout that isolates your larger muscle groups.

The Big Kahuna Contest
Show your Hawaiian spirit!  Prizes will be awarded for:  the person wearing the craziest Hawaiian shirt; the family with the best Hawaiian-themed outfits; the little one with the cutest Hawaiian-themed outfit (ages 10 & under); the person wearing the most creative Hawaiian-themed outfit.  Dust off those Hawaiian shirts, coconut tops and grass skirts!

Large Trike Races
Ok, kids, move over!  Who doesn’t like to compete against friends on over-sized trikes?!  Challenge your family members, friends and neighbors to a race.  Race against one, two or three people at the same time!  Safe and loads of fun!can hardly wait for everyone to see and enjoy the new additions to this year’s event.”

For more information and to register for the 10k, 5K, 1 mile fun walk/run or the 50- yard roll, visit www.runthingy.com.