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Run for Purpose and Pancakes

Family Fun Day this Sunday.

— Support Alexandria’s local charities by participating in the Inaugural Family Fun Day/5K on Sunday, Sept. 30, and enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast provided by the Alexandria South Rotary Club.

The 5K course starts and ends at the parking lot near the Cameron Run Water Park grounds in Alexandria and winds through Ben Brenman Park. For the non-runners attending the event, there will be activities, vendors and healthy food choices for them to enjoy.

In addition to the timed 5K run, there is a 5K walk, a 1-mile kids' course, and 100-yd Tot Trot with fun activities included.

The first female and male winner of the 5K race will receive sports watches. There are awards for second and third place winners and the children will get ribbons.

The event is hosted by Alexandria marathoner Brooke Curran and the Rotary Club of Alexandria. All of the proceeds will benefit charities including global water projects, Girls on the Run, and services for at-risk youth & families in the area.

“This is a true partnership. I couldn’t have done it alone. I needed them and they needed me. Together we are putting on a great event,” said Curran.

Mayor William D. Euille of Alexandria will also be in attendance. The mayor is active in community affairs through the William D. Euille Foundation that he founded in 1994, the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club and the American Heart Association.

The schedule of events is as follows:

7 a.m.: Gates Open

7:30 a.m.: Event Begins

7:45 a.m.: 100-yard Tot Trot (5 and under)

8 a.m.: 5K timed Race

8:45 a.m.: 5K Walk

8:45 a.m.: 1-Mile Kids' Course (with activities)

“Yes, it's early — but hopefully it will allow families to begin their day on an active note and still have time to make their kids' sporting events and other family plans later in the day,” Curran said.

Online registration ended Wednesday, Sept. 26, but onsite registration is available on race day. Physical education teachers and coaches in Alexandria schools are encouraged to run together as a school, a class or a sports team at a discounted rate of $15. For more information contact Cele Garrett at cele@thegarretts.org or Brooke Curran at therunningbrookefund@gmail.com.