Peace Haven Baptist Church in Yadkinville has put on the Love Out Loud 5k for a couple of years as an outreach effort and as a fundraiser for needy families in their congregation. This year, all the funds were being directed towards medical expenses for several families battling health concerns. The race itself was held in the Town of Yadkinville Community Park, a really nice facility with an amphitheatre, picnic shelters, and two playgrounds. It also had plenty of room to set up the packet pickup and registration areas, and a nice entrance that would serve as the finish approach for the race and headquarters for the Twin City Track Club from Winston-Salem, who would be providing the scoring and results services.
It was great weather for a race as I pulled into the park parking lot and picked up my race packet (good shirts). There was a very enthusiastic and pleasant group of volunteers handling registration and food, and the turnout looked to be very impressive for a small-town race. Yadkinville's Finest were out managing the race course and handling traffic at the very busy intersections leading to the park. All in all, it was a very busy morning and a lot of volunteer work was going into putting on the race. Some of the folks were wearing matching running outfits or tutus, and there was one fellow running in a face mask of a cat or something.