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3rd annual Batwa Challenge set for Saturday

The Kellermann Batwa Challenge 5K/10K is back for its third year, marking the seventh stop on the Gold County Grand Prix and raising funds for a good cause.

Proceeds from the Saturday race/run go to supporting the Kellermann Foundation and its work in Uganda with the Batwa Pigmies.

"We raise about $6,000 each year," race organizer Jean Creasey said. "It's a drop in the bucket, but it's a good thing and has the potential to grow. We hope the race will continue to gain popularity."

The foundation provides resources for sustainable development, health, education and spiritual outreach for the benefit of the Batwa Pygmies and adjacent communities, according to http:// kellermannfoundation.org.

When Dr. Scott Kellermann and his wife, Carol, left Nevada County and moved to Uganda 12 years ago to help the displaced Batwa Pygmies, they ran an open-air clinic. Since then, the Kellermann's have opened the Bwindi Community Hospital, which has 120 beds and is considered one of the most successful hospitals in Uganda, Creasey said.

The race day features will include a raffle, good music, refreshments and a half-mile water walk. The water walk is to help people here in Nevada County understand what a Batwa Pygmy has to endure just to get water from a stream back to their village. For runners who are interested, they can walk nearly half a mile with a 20-liter bucket of water.

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Registration for the race gets started at 7 a.m. Saturday, and the race itself gets started at 8 a.m. at the Pioneer Park tennis court parking lot. The course takes runners through the streets of Nevada City and back to the park. The 5K will be all road, and the 10K will be road and trails.

Despite the less-than-favorable air quality conditions, the run will go on, said Tamara Hendrick. The Batwa Challenge website (http://batwachallenge.com/) will be updated with any changes if the air conditions worsen.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com or call 530-477-4232.

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Cost: Adults: $25, Kids 14-and-under $15, NU/BR students $17

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