The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 16, 2012

Warrior 5K set for Saturday at Town Creek


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Friday, November 16, 2012 — Mount Gilead – Come compete or just get some exercise at Town Creek Indian Mound Nov. 17 during the third annual Warrior 5K at Town Creek. Sponsored by the West Montgomery High School’s Beta Club, this certified 5K course fun run/walk is to benefit the Project Angel Tree 5K at Town Creek.

“You can run it or walk it; participate competitively or for fun. Everyone is welcome, so please come and enjoy a beautiful day at Town Creek Indian Mound,” says WMHS Beta Club Coordinator Linda Anundson.

Registration is from 8-8:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Registration fees at the event are $25 for adults and $20 for students.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall top three male and female winners. Individual male and female winners in each age group will be recognized. Strollers are permitted during the race.

Contact Linda Anundson for a registration form and more information at linda.anundson@montgomery.k12.nc.us.

For more than 1,000 years, American Indians farmed lands later known as North Carolina. Around A.D. 1000, a new cultural tradition arrived in the Pee Dee River Valley.

Throughout Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and western and southern Piedmont North Carolina, inhabitants built earthen mounds for their leaders, engaged in widespread trade, supported craftspeople and celebrated a new religion.

The mission of Town Creek is to interpret the history of the American Indians who once lived here. The visitor center features interpretive exhibits and audiovisual displays.

A national historic landmark, Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site is North Carolina’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage.

Tour groups are welcome and encouraged. The site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. It is closed to the public Mondays and most major holidays.

The historic site is within the Division of State Historic Sites and is at 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead.  

For more information on Town Creek, visit www.towncreekindianmound.com.