Registration open for sixth annual Azalea Festival 5K Run/Walk

PICKENS — Plans are well under way for the sixth annual Azalea Festival 5K Run/Walk.
The race, sponsored by the Pickens Women’s Association (PWA), is scheduled to be held Saturday, April 21, at 8:30 a.m.
The Pickens Women’s Association is a non-profit civic organization that works to increase community involvement and awareness. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk go to the Beverly M. Smith Scholarship Fund established to honor the memory of the former PWA president and avid community leader. The scholarship is awarded each year to a female from Pickens High School who exhibits exceptional leadership and civic skills. In addition to the yearly scholarship, proceeds from the race are also donated to local charities.
It is not too late — there are a number of different levels of sponsorship opportunities that will allow you to take part in the exciting event. For more information, contact Susan Acker at
There is a new course for this year’s race. The race will be held on the new Pickens High School campus and will begin and end in the Pickens High School Parking Lot on Highway 178. The race course is certified by USA Track & Field and electronic chip timing will be used. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Early registration is provided through April 1. The early registration fee is $15 for 18 years and under and $25 for 19 years and older. Registration after April 1 is $20 for 18 years and under and $30 for 19 years and older. To register before race day, log onto