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Still time to run for Kenya

Organizers are expecting an estimated 200 runners to take part in the second Integrity Worldwide 5K and Fun Run. -- Special photo

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

Integrity Worldwide’s second annual 5K and Fun Run for Kenya is this Saturday, but there’s still time to register and help those in need.

The second annual 5k and Fun Run for Kenya will take place Saturday, Oct. 1 at Bloch Park at 9 a.m., and the number of runners has increased over last year.

“Last year, about 90 percent of the people signed up on race day,” said Alan Hicks Jr., executive director of Integrity Worldwide. “I’m thinking we’re going to have 50 to 60 more runners than last year. We’re hoping we’ll have 200 on race day. As far as registration and sponsorships, we’re way ahead of where we were last year.”

The purpose of the event is to help feed those in Kenya, which is currently suffering its worst drought in 60 years.

The 5k is open to all age groups. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old.

Proceeds from the race will go toward feeding some 700 students at a school in Kenya where Integrity Worldwide is helping out.

Hicks said, even if you haven’t already registered to participate, there’s still time, and you can even register on the day of the race.

“We’re just asking people, even if they pre-registered, they can register on race day,” Hicks said. “Hopefully, if they can get there by 8 or 8:30 (a.m.) they can go ahead and sign up.”

Hicks said those who register will receive a free T-shirt and water bottle, and there will also be food and prizes.

Hicks added support for the event has been tremendous.

“We’ve had an amazing group of sponsors, almost double the amount of businesses we had last year,” Hicks said. “Community support has really exceeded our expectations big time.”
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