By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- A running club that raises awareness for local autism services will begin its third season on Nov. 21.
Florida Institute of Technology's The Scott Center for Autism Treatment's Running Club will meet until Feb. 1, 2014.
The goal of the club is to promote running in the community and to encourage residents to set and reach personal goals, all while raising awareness about autism.
"We always say to run for your health, as well as a great cause," said Colleen Middlebrooks, director of community relations for The Scott Center for Autism Treatment. "This is a great opportunity for beginners to support the services of an organization where the closest place that does what we are doing is in Atlanta."
Runners will meet Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of The Scott Center.
The 10-week training regimen leads to participation in the Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend, Feb. 2-3.
The training cost for new members is $85 and $70 for returning members. It is designed for the 5K, 8K or half-marathon relay and geared for beginners. A "Running Club" packet with at T-shirt for training sessions and the race is also provided.
Marathoners will run a scenic route, which includes two bridge-crossings for the half-marathon, and running the beach side barrier island, which ends on Main Street in Downtown Melbourne.
The race in February will also be followed by an awards' ceremony and a party with a live band.
The 10-week training registration form and waiver can be found at www.thescottcenter.org/running-club.php.
Race registration is available at www.themelbournemarathon.com.
For more information, call (321) 674-8106.