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2017 Harbin Hero Challenge finalists announced

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Harbin Clinic Hero Hustle 5K and Health Walk

Walkers begin the Harbin Clinic Hero Hustle Health Walk on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in downtown Rome. (Photo by Steven Eckhoff)

The nominations have been counted and five local charities rose above the rest of the pack in the 2017 Harbin Hero Challenge. The five finalists in the contest are Living Proof Recovery, Summit Quest, Rome Floyd YMCA, Floyd County CASA and The Sweet Cocoon.

All five charities receive a $500 donation from Harbin Clinic and will now compete for an additional $1,000.

The charity winning the $1,000 donation is determined by points tallied from runners and walkers registering for the Harbin Hero Hustle, as well as points accumulated from costume contest winners.

People signing up to participate in the 5K run or two-mile health walk can select one of the five charities to support.

Early registrations earn two points for designated charities, while race-day registrations earn one point for selected charities.

The final chance for charities to earn points comes in the costume contest. There will be three categories this year:

- Best junior hero or villain (age 10 and under)

- Best hero or villain

- Best dynamic duo or group

Contest winners earn an additional 10 points for their chosen charity.

After the race, the charity which receives the most points from registrations and the costume contest gets crowned as the 2017 Hero Challenge winner.

The 2016 Hero Challenge saw the Rome YMCA just edge Hospitality House and Harbor House thanks to costume contest points.

To register for the race, please visit the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Department website at www.rfpra.com.