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Bedford Rotary race series starts Sept. 23

BEDFORD — The Bedford Sunrise Rotary Club has launched a new Rotary Race Series to provide recreational opportunities while supporting community causes.

The first race is the Evitts Mountain Challenge on Sept. 23, starting and ending at the Bedford Area Middle School.

The Challenge provides a choice of activities, with something for every fitness and ability level. A 5K Walk-Run will take participants from the Middle School to the Heritage Trail’s Craig Ashe Memorial Bridge and back.

The 5-mile course will also include a challenging, rugged run on the Bedford Springs Resort Trails, including some fairly steep uphill terrain. This event will benefit the community service programs of Bedford Sunrise Rotary, including projects like the Heritage Trail, Veteran’s Grove, Polio Eradication, Interact Youth Service Club and more.

Additional events are planned as part of the series in cooperation with other new and previously-existing events, including: Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fun Walk/Run (Oct. 21), Omni Bedford Springs Turkey Trot (Nov. 24) and the Rotary Santa Run, Walk, Roll (Dec. 9) benefiting a variety of local charities and nonprofit projects.

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Sailors association to meet Sept. 21

MARTINSBURG — The Horseshoe Curve Chapter 37 Destroyer Escort Sailors Association will meet Sept. 21 at the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 205 S. Market St.

The cost of the noon luncheon is $15, which includes a $3 donation to the fire hall.

The dues are $10 per year or $50 for life.

The program will be provided by DESA member Reeder Swartz.

Those attending are asked to take nonperishable food to donate to the Martinsburg Food Pantry.

Reservations are due by Monday by contacting Linda Smith at 793-3958 or