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Run for a Reason

Family Fun Day and 5K returns Sunday.

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Runners at last year’s Family Fun Day and 5K.

Join Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille for the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day and 5K on Sunday, May 19.

Events include a timed 5K race with age group awards, a 1-mile kids’ course, a Tot Trot for those under 5 (100 yards), and a 5K walk. Cash prizes for top three male/female ($100, $75, $50) 5K finishers will be awarded.

There will also be ribbons for children, random prizes, food, vendors and activities. All participants will get free, hot-off-the-griddle pancakes after the run. Adult registrants will get a gender-specific T-shirt and children will receive shoelaces.

Schedule of events is:

  • 7:45 a.m.: 100-yard Tot Trot (age 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)

Online registration closed on May 15, but those interested can still register at Pacer’s Running Store located at 1301 King St. in Alexandria from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 17, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

The community race is collaboration between the Rotary Club of Alexandria and Brooke Curran of RunningBrooke organization (www.runningbrooke.com). This event is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting programs that help at-risk kids lead better lives.

“Forty-four percent of Alexandria’s kids are overweight so we are focusing on programs that help kids get out and moving,” said Brooke.

“We want people to come out, get a work out in and realize they are doing it for a good cause,” Curran added.

Last year, RunningBrooke wrote checks totaling $75,000 to five Alexandria charities. This year, the organization is poised to give back over $100,000 from monies raised through various fundraisers and marathons in 2013. The Rotary Club of Alexandria has focused its interest on the welfare of the children of Alexandria.

For more information contact Cele Garrett at 703-587- 6405.