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O Foundation to ‘burn rubber’ at race walk

Eat one too many snacks at work this week? The O Foundation has you covered.

The organization aimed at fighting obesity in Lincoln County will host the Downtown Speed Walking Burn Rubber Race Saturday at 9 a.m.

The average person can burn about 120 calories race-walking a mile. That’s equivalent to one bag of potato chips. That’s one small, 1-ounce bag, or about 11 chips.

This will be the O Foundation’s first Race to Fitness Walk of the year, and the first time they’ve offered a race-walking category.

The race will start downtown on East Chickasaw Street and Whitworth Avenue at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Entry is free to the public.

O Foundation founder Polly Powell said the race has been free since she started the event for elementary students in 2013 with the help of Sen. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven.

“In 2014, we started doing community walks with four or five groups and now we have a whole year filled up with events,” Powell said. “We raise our funds through the VIP celebration to fund our program for the next year.”

Powell said the events usually start in June, but the popularity of the walks prompted them to start earlier this year.

Medals will be awarded in several race-walk competitions: 50-yard, 100-yard, 1/4-mile, ½-mile and 1-mile.

The O Foundation will also host monthly walks throughout the county. Powell said the exact dates, time and locations have not been determined. The O Foundation will host walks in Siloam community in May, Bi-Centennial Park in June, Lake Lincoln area in July, City Park in August, Brignall in September and Bogue Chitto in October.

Powell said they are still booking locations for the November and December walks.

“We’re just doing our part and we have about 400 members from surrounding counties,” Powell said. “Our main goal is to hook up with all 82 counties to pass the torch of the walks one day.”

Donations of water and sports drinks are welcome and should be dropped off at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce prior to the race. For more information visit 601racetofitness.com or call Powell at 601-748-6657.