Pickens Women Association to host annual Azalea Festival 5K Run/Walk

PICKENS — Planning is underway for the 10th annual Pickens Women Association (PWA) Azalea Festival 5K Run/Walk..
The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, with a start time of 7:30 a.m.
For the first time this year, the race will utilize the Doodle Trail, which was dedicated last spring.
The course is certified by US Track and Field.
“This race is for runners and walkers of all ages,” race direvctor Jessica Haines said.
Participants may pre-register for the race at
The race will begin near the old Pickens Railroad Company in Pickens.
Registration fees are $30 for runners/walkers over 18 years of age and $20 for those 18 years and under. The race will take place rain or shine.
“This is our biggest fundraising event,” said Haines. “The funds generated from this race go to our annual Beverly M. Smith Scholarship, which is awarded each spring to an outstanding female senior who attends Pickens High School.”
Other charities PWA has contributed to throughout the years include Feed a Hungry Child in Pickens County, Family Promise, Meals on Wheels, Mary’s House, Gleaning House, Prevent Child Abuse, Red Cross and the Pickens County Museum.