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When SVOSH hosts the 9th Annual Eye 5K at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 13th, three generations of the Newman family will be among the competitors: Dr. Jim Newman, his son Daniel, age 29, and Dr. Newman's grandson, Jake Pritchard, age 11.
The event marks the first time the three family members have run together in a race. Dr. Newman ran the Eye 5K two years ago and came in second for his age category. His son has competed in three 5Ks, while Jake "walked" a 5K three years ago.
"Our goal is to run the entire race together," Dr. Newman said. "Before our training, my grandson could only run a few blocks before tiring. He's doing well now. We will not set any records, but we should have a respectable time."
Dr. Newman's son came up with the idea of the three Newmans racing together. The trio has trained since August on training runs about two or three times a week.
"We are going to run the race together and finish at the same time," Dr. Newman said. "That is why we are running the race - to do it together."
To help SVOSH promote the race, Dr. Newman even posed for a poster alongside SCO's resident Olympic athlete, Josh McAdams, '12, pictured. Early registration for the race ends at midnight on Wednesday. On-site registration will be $25 on Saturday. Visit SVOSH's Eye 5K website for more information.