Residents invited to Langley 5K

Submitted photo The GAIT Foundation will host a 5K at Langley Pond Loop Trail on Saturday.

Area residents are invited to the second Langley Pond Loop 5K and mini Health Fair this weekend.

The event will be at Langley Pond Park, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Langley Dam Road. Check-in for the event is 8 to 8:45 a.m. and the 5K will kick off at 9 a.m.

Preregistration for the 5K can be found on the website by searching “2nd Annual Langley Pond Loop 5K.” The cost is $25. Trophies for the race winners will be awarded after the race.

The 2.8 mile trail was funded by Sam’s Club of Aiken and provides a wooded path along the northern shore of Langley Pond according to the Greater Aiken Integrated Trails, or GAIT, Foundation. The group is a nonprofit formed in 2011 to plan and develop an integrated recreational trail system in Aiken County.

The mini health and wellness fair after the 5K will include Sam’s Club Pharmacy, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Oxygen Fitness Studio and other wellness agencies.

In addition, a free guided walking tour at 10:15 a.m. will feature tour guides Dr. Andrew Dyer, a professor of ecology at USC Aiken, historian Owen Clary, and history enthusiast Tom Cofer.

The trail was designed to provide recreation for equestrians, hikers, joggers, walkers and nature enthusiasts, according to the GAIT Foundation.

“The Langley Pond Loop Trail is adjacent to Langley Pond, one of our recreational jewels in Aiken County,” said Rich Izard, chairman of the GAIT Foundation. “This trail is just the beginning of other trail endeavors through the GAIT Foundation. Our next project is at Boyd Pond Park, and the community will be excited to learn what else GAIT has in store for the long term.”

Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since June 2013.