Boys & Girls Club Holding 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

Boys and Girls Club of Marion CountyThe Boys & Girls Club of Marion County is asking everyone to “Go the Distance” for local kids and join them for their 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The inaugural run last year saw over 140 runners and walkers who helped raise funds for the non-profit group and advance their efforts to provide services to children in Marion.

The event will once again be held along with the annual Pin Wheel Play Day at Marion County Children Services, 1680 Marion-Waldo Road. The day is full of free events for families. You can learn more about Pin Wheel Play Day by visiting

The Kids’ Fun Run, for those 11 years and under, is free. Racers will receive a ribbon, a bowling certificate from bluefusion entertainment center, and more. Youth size t-shirts will be available for purchase at the race.

The 5k Run/Walk is $20 for those who pre-register or $25 on race day. Those registered by March 22, 2013 will receive a free t-shirt. Awards will be given for category and overall winners.

You can pre-register online at Premier Sports ( or in person at the Boys and Girls Club office, 370 E. Mark St., Marion) and at any Fahey Bank branch office. You can also download a registration form at

Registration opens at 8:30 am on race day. The Kid’s Fun Run starts at 9:30 am and the adult 5k starts at 10:00 am.

Boys & Girls Club of Marion County offers afterschool programs at every Marion City School elementary building and mentoring programs to youth throughout Marion County. They are also hard at work renovating the former Oak Street Elementary which will become the Club’s new home starting this spring. The new building will allow the Club to expand their programs and better serve youth of all ages.

For more information on the Go the Distance event, other programs offered, or how you can help make a positive impact on area youth, call the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County at 740-387-3462 or online at You can also learn more about Pin Wheel Play Day at

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