Still time left to register for Integrity run

Published 10:19 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Running shoes and track shorts will be the attire Saturday morning as Integrity Worldwide hosts the 3rd Annual Run for Kenya 5K and one-mile Fun Run.

As the race day approaches, executive director of Integrity Worldwide Alan Hicks said he is getting excited and putting the “final touches” on preparations.

“We’ve just been kind of getting everything ready and preparing for the day,” Hicks said. “We’re real excited, and we’re just getting that all together so I’m really pumped.”

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Hicks added that they’ve had a record-breaking number of people who have pre-registered, and he expects more to show up for the run Saturday.

“We’ve had almost 70 percent more pre-register this year than last year, so we’re just overjoyed,” Hicks said, and he expects about 300 to run in the race.

Something specifically special about this year’s run, Hicks said, is that many participants have been to Kenya and seen where the money is going.

“It’s really special for us to see so many people — you know, they’ve been with us, and they want to support everything that’s going on in Africa,” Hicks said.

Along with the 5K run and one-mile Fun Run, Hicks said participants can expect to enjoy live music, a new feature to the race, and a delicious array of free food.

“What’s really great about this year is we’ve had a lot of sponsors to come out to support us,” he said.

Papa Johns will be among some of the vendors sponsoring the race. Also, local schools have taken an interest, pledging a few of their best athletes as race participants.

“We’ve got schools like Morgan’s track team that is coming out and then Ellwood and a team from Central Christian,” Hicks said.

Even if you didn’t have a chance to pre-register for the run, Hicks said day-of participants can still expect to receive a shirt and a chance to win a few prizes.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he added. “It’s also a worthwhile cause, it will help people in Africa who are less fortunate than us. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Bloch Park. The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Registration fees for adults are $25 and $15 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit