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"Vision Classic' to be off to running start

Runners, walkers and spectators are invited to set their sights on the first "Vision Classic" scheduled for Nov. 10 at Lake Bernadette on State Road 54 West in Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by the Johnson Eye Institute, and proceeds will go to the Pasco Lighthouse for the Blind Inc.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the race. A five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run will start at 8:30 a.m., and a one-mile "fun" run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. The pre-race cost is $8, and $10 the day of the race.

The first 300 registrants will receive a Vision Classic T-shirt.

Trophies and awards will be given for first through fourth places in each age category. Categories begin with age 13 and younger and continue through age 65 and older for men and women. Special trophies also will be given to the top finishing man and woman overall. Walkers will receive finisher ribbons.

"Nearly 100 people have signed up, and by race day we hope to have hundreds more participating," says Bob Fox, community relations director at the eye institute.

"We hope the community pulls together and joins in the fun so the Johnson Eye Institute can hold the event again and again."

The Mobile EyeSite van will be on hand to provide free vision checks, glaucoma testing and cholesterol checks.

Registration forms are available at the eye institute, Zephyrhills Water, Oakley Groves, Donuts and More, Westgate Printing and the Dade City and Zephyrhills chambers of commerce.

For information, call Fox at (813) 783-7483.

The Mobile EyeSite van will be at the Kmart on U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The service is open to all ages.