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Faces of the Race: Leading by example

The employees of AutoServ of Tilton family are a dedicated group of individuals who, after participating in last week’s United Way Day of Caring, will be out on the course of the fourth annual Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk at Tanger Outlets in Tilton this Sunday to support the breast cancer treatment and support programs of LRGHealthcare. They hope other local businesses will join them. (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
September 26, 2012
TILTON — The countdown clock is winding down, and area runners and walkers are gearing up for this weekend's fourth annual Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk at Tanger Outlets in Tilton this Sunday to show their support and raise money for LGHealthcare's breast cancer treatment and support programs.

Money from the event helps with LRGHealthcare's breast cancer awareness and early detection initiatives. Proceeds from Tanger's past 5K events have supported the purchase and upgrades of digital mammography technology and have helped to fund screening programs, which offer reduced-rate cancer screenings to those local residents who qualify and may otherwise not be able to afford it.

AutoServ of Tilton is one of the many businesses helping sponsor this year's event, and Carolyn Gaudet said they are happy to be part of such a great community effort.

"We've been a sponsor at the spectator level in the past, but this year, my husband wanted to step up our involvement, so we became a Premier Sponsor," she said.

Gaudet has two aunts who are survivors who have had their own struggles with breast cancer, making the cause one that she said is "near and dear" to her family's heart.

Through her Health and Wellness group at AutoServ, she began to encourage other members of the AutoServ family to get involved as well.

"I've been letting everyone here know about it, and telling them they don't have to run, but can walk it if they want. I just think it's a great thing for all of us here to get out and do things to give back to our community," Gaudet said.

Representing AutoServ this weekend in the 5K run/walk will be her own children, along with employees of the business who have signed on for the race. Organizing a team of employees and their families is simple enough to do, she said, and she hopes many other local companies and organizations will come out to join the AutoServ family.

"Other businesses should really get involved. This is a community based event for our local hospital, and we should all be encouraging people to give back to the community that supports us," said Gaudet. "Just ask people you work with to join you on Sunday. It's that simple."

Eric Proulx, general manager of Tanger Outlets in Tilton, reported that this year looks to be a banner year for the race. With just under a week to go, pre-registration was already nearing the 500 mark and he expected by Sunday there would be even more runners and walkers signing up to join them.

"We're really energized. Every year, we've gone up in increments, and our goal this year was to get 500 people to participate, which we'll do, but we would love to catapult that over 500 now," Proulx said.

The course is not a difficult one, and is run and walked by people of all ages. After some fun warm-up time, participants leave from the back lot of the Tanger Outlet Center on Route 3 in Tilton, wrap around the grounds of the neighboring J.Jill complex, head up Route 132 towards Sanbornton, follow a loop around Vista Heights, then turn back down Route 132 to Tanger for the finish line. It is a timed and sanctioned race.

Pre-registration is still underway until midnight tonight, Thursday, Sept. 27, and the first 500 participants will receive a special race tee shirt. To pre-register, people can stop by Shopper Services at the Tanger Outlets on Route 3 in Tilton or go to www.tangeroutlet.com/race.

The cost for pre-registration is $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, or $25 per person for same day registration. Everyone who joins the walk/run will receive a commemorative race medal along with special offers from the many stores at Tanger Outlet Center.

Same day registration and packet pick up for those who signed up early will be held from 7-8 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 30. Warm-up activities begin at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony for the top finishers. Families, businesses, groups and individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate and show their support.

"Here at AutoServ, it's our honor to be a part of this and help out in any way we can," said Gaudet.

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