There have been a few changes in this year’s Earth Day Music Fest - the 10th annual - and the accompanying 5K run, which is in its second year.
One change is the location, now the Myrtle Beach Speedway on U.S. 501, which organizer Kristi Jacques Falk described as “ideal.”
Last year, some of the festivities were held at the House of Blues and prior to that, at The Market Common.
“There’s a giant, permanent stage at the speedway, and there’s the racetrack where people will run, and it’s ideal,” Falk said.
A second change is on the focus of the 5K run, now called the Diabetes 5K.
About 80 runners participated in the 5K last year, with about 150 expected this year.
This year’s event is Saturday, April 29.
Race check in and registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Speedway Ticket Booth, and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Packet pickup will be the day before, April 28, at 4 p.m. at The Grumpy Monk on U.S. 501.
For more information, contact Falk at Kristi@wellnesscouncilsc.org.
The event being at the speedway will allow for yet another new addition this year – a recycled art sculpture contest for students.
Each school will create a piece of art from recycled materials and compete for prizes, with people casting votes, with dollar bills, for their favorites.
The new location will also allow for food trucks to be at the festival. Some of those will be Charleston Flats, Be Well Meals & Juice Bar and Lilycups & Cakes. Other vendors will include chiropractors, massage therapists, nutrition companies, solar companies, and green energy companies.
“We’ve brought back the whole outdoor family-friendly festival,” Falk said.
Falk started the Wellness Council of South Carolina in 2006 and the festival, two years later.
Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when she wasn’t yet a teenager, Falk later owned Abundant Life Whole Foods Market in Conway where, according to her website, www.wellnesscouncilsc.org, “her knowledge of healthy lifestyles expanded and was put to good use.
“After a couple of years, she realized she needed to reach a larger audience and organized the Alternative Healthcare Expo which later became the Wellness Expo of Myrtle Beach,” the website continued.
In 2006, she founded the Wellness Council to educate and improve the lives of South Carolinians.
All proceeds from the festival and the race will go to the Council to educate South Carolinians affected by diabetes.
“More and more people every year are being diagnosed with diabetes and The Wellness Council for SC is striving to help those people both manage their diabetes well and even reverse it, for a healthier and happier future,” she said.
The Wellness Council conducts monthly workshops, and a scholarship fund is being established.
All-day entertainment at this year’s festival will be provided by Velcros, who toured with Van Halen back in the ‘80s, Sideways Derby, Paleo Sun and Oceans Orange.
There will also be a special area for kids’ activities.
After the race, an awards ceremony will recognize the first 150 participants with a finisher medal, and the Health & Wellness Expo will follow the race.
Sponsors of the event include Falk Family Chiropractic & Wellness, Waccamaw Publishers, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Mental Case, Inc., Myrtle Beach Speedway, The Grumpy Monk, Wave 104.1, Santee Cooper, LulaRoe and Chic Custom Nails & Bodywork.
“We want to see people improve their health and understand why they have some of the problems they have,” Falk said.