Organizers of the second-annual Father's Day Classic are hoping runners on the ground will result in funds in the bank.
“We don't have a lot of fundraising going on because we have limited staff, but every penny counts,” said Barb Lovell. “We like to say a dollar donated is an ounce of prevention.”
Half the money raised during the June 15 race at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area will help power one of the programs run at the facility, said Lovell, the executive director of the Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village. The other half will go to Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers to help with the day-to-day costs and paying tipsters.
“We're finding there's limited funding for the kids to come to our programming from the school.” she said. “We have nine programs we offer to the kids most at risk for death, injury and disability – that's Grades 1, 4 and 6. It costs us approximately $200,000 each year to operate.”
Last year C-K Crime Stoppers, the village and the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance each received $1,500 raised by about 100 participants who ran or walked in the children's 100-yard dash, five-kilometre and 10-km races.
Const. Doug Goldsmith, of C-K Crime Stoppers, said this year the races will be professionally chip timed for runners involved in the RunCK race series.
“It's a new group that started this year in Chatham-Kent. We joined in so the runners in our event, because it's chipped time, will be able to earn points,” said Goldsmith. He hopes it will help drive the numbers up as well.
Early bird registration is closed, however anyone can register the day of the race between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. with the children's run at 8:30 and the five and 10 km races starting at 9 a.m.
The race is $55 for individuals or $100 for a family including two adults and up to three youths. Teams of between two and 15 members can register for free, but must raise a minimum of $250.
Lovell said a school group from D.A. Gordon in Wallaceburg will be returning for a second year and a group of Air Cadets will also be running.
“They've (the students) been training so hard and this is their goal run. The togetherness and the camaraderie they share was just fantastic to watch last year,” said Lovell.
She said GoodLife Fitness is supporting the run by doing warm up and cool down stretches with the crowd and organizers have invited chiropractors, massage therapists and health-care groups to come out and turn the village into a mini-healthplex.
“We're all working together to provide an active community, family togetherness and we're also promoting other businesses as well,” said Lovell.
For more information on the run, please visit http://fathersdayclassic.ca.