Third Annual District 1-A Lions – Helen Keller 5 K Fun Run/Walk Set for April 28th
A day of fun, fellowship and great exercise is in store for participants in the Third Annual District 1-A Lions Helen Keller 5 K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 28th.
Best of all, all proceeds will benefit programs assisting people who are blind or hearing/visually impaired.
This very special event takes place at H L Richards High School, 10601 S. Central Avenue in Oak Lawn. Race day registration begins at 7:30 am with runners starting promptly at 9 am and walkers at 11 am.
Added features for attendees will be a free Hearing screening and also a free Diabetic Retinopathy eye screening.
“We enthusiastically invite everyone to join us as we walk and run for the benefit of our fellow citizens with disabilities,” said Chairperson Chris Coleman. Lion Chris added that unique to the Walk portion of the event is the opportunity for community groups - such a scouts, school clubs, booster clubs, church groups and baseball teams – to have up to 40% of the total amount of collected donations, returned for the benefit of their specific service activities.
He also noted that the Run will be timed and feature awards for men and women who place first, second and third. All 5K runners will receive a T-shirt and all 5K walkers with $50 or more in donations will also receive a T-shirt. All walkers will receive a participation medallion following the walk.
“This is a family day so we encourage our participants and guests to come out early to picnic, experience Beep baseball, walk the special obstacle course for the visually impaired, get a free wellness check and browse the vendor area,” said District 1-A Vice District Governor Dave Hansen.
To register on line, go to the District 1-A Lions website at www.lions1a-us.org and choose “5K Walk/Run.” Registration fees for the 5K Run are $30.00 and $20.00 for the 5K Walk. If walk participants raise $50.00 or more in donations, then registration is free.
All proceeds of the Run/Walk go towards funding of the District Lions Clubs Open Area’s account, serving people where there is not a local Lions Club; the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service organizations; and the Lions of Illinois Foundation which operates 14 programs serving the visually and hearing impaired.