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Kelly's Grief Center 3rd Annual Family 5K Run/Walk set for May 5

Published: March 27, 2013 12:00 AM

The 3rd Annual Kelly's Grief Center Family 5K Run/Walk will be at Roses Run Country Club in Stow May 5.

The event is sponsored by Klaben Auto Stores. The race will feature a 3.1-mile scenic loop through Pambi Farms neighborhood, plus a post-race pancake breakfast and celebration with a plenty of prizes for all. The race plays an important role in funding Kelly's Grief Center, located in Kent. The center assists those in Northeast Ohio who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Over the past two years, the event has hosted more than 500 runners and walkers. Last year the event was on a Saturday; however, organizers are returning to a Sunday morning format to accommodate more runners' and families' busy schedules. This year, walkers will be joining the same route as the runners. Timing of the event will be done by Summit Athletic Running Club, who assisted with the timing last year and has been a supporter since the race's inception.

This year's post-race celebration will feature a sausage and pancake breakfast for all participants with the option for spectators to purchase additional meals. During the post-race celebration, awards will be given to the top three male/female overall winners, as well as winners in each age group category. A 50/50 raffle and numerous giveaways will be part of the celebration.

Again this year, Second Sole in Kent is offering race packet pick-up May 3 and May 4 during regular store hours. The store is also offering 15 percent off merchandise to all runners who come in after the race with their bibs.

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Registration for the event is $25 until May 1 and $30 after that date. Tech shirts will be provided to the first 200 registered runners or walkers. Strollers are welcome, but no pets are allowed. Registration can be completed online through active.com or by mail. Check the organizer's website for more registration information at www.kellysgriefcenter.org.

Kelly's Grief Center is a 501(c)(3) in Kent, which provides a safe, secure, and professional environment where grieving people in Northeast Ohio will find support, education and strength to begin the process of healing. Since the center opened in 2009, it has assisted more than 50 families through individual and group counseling with licensed mental health professionals. Counseling services are available for children, teens and adults. Most insurance plans are accepted and no one is denied service for the inability to pay.

For more information about Kelly's Grief Center Family 5K Run/Walk, visit the race website at www.kellysgriefcenter5K.com. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available. Send inquiries to KRMF@gmail.com.

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