The Worcester County Health Department Announces 16th Annual Tortoise & the Hare Dare 5K Walk/Run

 Snow Hill, Md. - The 16th Annual Tortoise & the Hare Dare, a 5K walk/run, will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing in Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. This is a FREE event and participants will receive T-shirts. The walk is co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while getting some physical activity with friends, family, and other community residents. After the walk, participants are encouraged to visit local health and recreation exhibits from 9:30-11 a.m. Pre- registration is encouraged and participants can register by calling 410-632-0056.

 

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