Wellington Run/Walk Returns Nov. 2

The 16th annual Wellington Community Fitness 5K Run & Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.).

The Palms West Community Foundation, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Wellington and presenting sponsor Royal Palm Toyota invite the community out to promote health and fitness while supporting a charitable organization.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. with a 7 a.m. warm-up led by Ultima Fitness.

In conjunction with the Palms West Community Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the 2013 event will benefit the “Jerms” McGraw Second Chance Scholarship at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

McGraw was a student at the MacArthur School of Leadership while serving as a Marine reservist, part of the 4th ANGLICO unit in West Palm Beach. He died Sept. 10, 2009 at age 22 during a training exercise in Central Florida.

Just prior to his death, Lt. McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic. “Jerms was known for his willingness to help anyone, anytime, anywhere,” said his father, Tim McGraw.

The scholarship is awarded to students who are dealing with significant setbacks in their lives and are in need of a helping hand to make a fresh start.

Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony along with food and drinks.

Event organizers thank sponsors Royal Palm Toyota, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Boynton Financial Group Inc., Wedgworth’s, Ultima Fitness, Walgreens, the Town-Crier, The Palm Beach Post, Strathmore Bagels and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

To register, or for sponsorship information, visit www.communityfitnessrun.com or call Mariela Castillo at (561) 578-4813.