A day of fun, fellowship and great exercise is in store for participants in the Sixth Annual District 1-A Lions Helen Keller 5 K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 24th.
Best of all, all proceeds will benefit programs assisting people who are blind or hearing/visually impaired, including those offered by The Chicago Lighthouse.
The action takes place at Richards High School, 10601 S. Central Avenue in Oak Lawn. Race day registration begins at 7:30 am with runners and walkers starting promptly at 9:30 am.
In a new development this year, the event will be timed from start to finish by Race Time, the largest and most complete premier race management company in Northern Illinois.
An added plus will feature Chicago’s popular K Hits/WJMK 104.3 FM streaming live from the race/walk.
Other event highlights will include refreshments, musical entertainment, free hearing and vision screenings as well as wellness checks for attendees.
“We enthusiastically invite everyone to join us as we walk and run for the benefit of our fellow citizens with disabilities,” said Co-Chairperson Chris Coleman. Lion Chris added that unique to the Walk portion of the event is the opportunity for community groups – such as scouts, school clubs, booster clubs, church groups and baseball teams – to have up to 40% of the total amount of collected donations, returned for the benefit of their specific service activities.
In addition to the Run being timed, men and women who place first, second and third in their respective age categories will receive awards.
To register on line, go to the District 1-A Lions website at http://www.lions1a-us.org/and choose “5K Walk/Run.” Registration fees for the 5K Run are $30.00 and $20.00 for the 5K Walk. If walk participants raise $50.00 or more in donations, then registration is free.
All proceeds of the Run/Walk go towards funding of the District Lions Clubs Open Area’s account, serving people where there is not a local Lions Club; The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service organizations; and the Lions of Illinois Foundation which operates 14 programs serving the visually and hearing impaired.
Sponsorships for the event are still available. For more information, contact Lion Chris Coleman at 708/785-5726 or Lion Frank Kirar at 708/636-2165.