[LEWISBURG, W. VA.] Winners in the inaugural Run United Half Marathon will receive a very special prize—a trophy hand crafted by a local metal artist.

The half marathon is a fundraiser for the United Way of Greenbrier Valley. Suzanne Soucier, a United Way board member, works as an educational outreach coordinator at the Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College. She approached Donovan Rhodes, instructor in the college's welding program, to see if he could assist in creating trophies unique to the event.
Rhodes recommended that she ask metal artist and welder David Holland, a recent graduate of the program, about designing the trophies. Holland, now a part-time instructor in the welding program and owner of David Holland Designs of Hinton, says he was happy to flex his creative muscles in support of a good cause.

Holland has already created prototype gold, silver and bronze trophies that are now on display at the Greenbrier County Visitors Center in downtown Lewisburg. In all, he will create 45 small trophies for the winners in 15 categories as well as two larger trophies for the overall winners in the women's and men's categories.

The Run United Half Marathon and an associated 5k run/walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26. The race will begin and end on the lawn of New River's Greenbrier Valley Campus located at 101 Church Street in downtown Lewisburg.

Students in New River's EMT/Paramedic Program will be among the medical and safety personnel helping out that day.
For more information about the half marathon and 5k run/walk, contact the United Way at (304) 647-3783, or visit www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org.



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