The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 9, 2013

Freeman Family 5K Run/Walk set for Saturday


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — The third annual Freeman Family 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April13, at the Joplin Family Y South, 3404 McIntosh Circle Drive.

Donations will be accepted for Joplin Schools Foundation snackpack program.

This event encourages local families to participate in physical activities together.

“Every day, Freeman physicians and nurses strive to educate our patients on how to live healthy lifestyles, said Kris Drake, Freeman wellness coordinator. “We want to lead the community by example. The Freeman Family 5K Run/Walk is one way for us to accomplish just that.”

Donations will be taken at the event for the snackpack program offered by the Joplin Schools Foundation, which fills backpacks with healthy snack food for at-risk children. According to Joplin Schools Foundation, snackpacks are given to children on Fridays to provide access to healthy food during the weekend. Sixty-five percent of Joplin’s elementary students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Of the children in grades kindergarten through fifth, 650 students have been identified as living in homes where food insecurity is a problem. While these students receive two meals a day at school, they often go hungry during the weekend.

Chip timing at Freeman Family 5K Run/Walk will be provided by Ozark Races. Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female, plus first-, second- and third-place in each of the seven age divisions. A one-mile fun run will be held, as well. Children receive a participant medal.

A $20 participation fee includes chip timing and a T-shirt. Registration is currently under way. To register, visit joplinroadrunners.com.