2017-04-20 / News

Race 2 Grace is an event people can feel good about

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The Race 2 Grace, to be held May 20, is designed to be an event the whole family can enjoy. 
Photo provided The Race 2 Grace, to be held May 20, is designed to be an event the whole family can enjoy. Photo provided BURTON — Whether we win or lose, races stimulate us to push our limits. In addition, the seventh annual Race 2 Grace will allow participants to gain a sense of helping others.

“I believe it challenges you to do more and better than you thought you could,” said Karen DePottey, race director. “The race community is a community of encouragers. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are.”

Race 2 Grace is the second race in the Burton Race Series this year. There will be a 5K run/walk and one-mile run/walk for the race May 20.

“So, the 5K is a stepping stone to being healthy,” DePottey said. “It’s a good start to the Crim Training Program. If you start with a 5K, by the end of the summer, you could be doing the 10-mile at the Crim.”

The Veterans Honor Run, another race in the of the Burton Race Series, offers an 11K race. DePottey said it could also be a good goal for people to shoot for.

5K awards will be given to the first place overall male and female, first place male and female over 40 years old and top three males & females in 15 age groups from 10 and under to 70 and over. A dozen roses will be provided by Bentley Florist to the overall male and female winners in the run and walk divisions.

DePottey said the one-mile is also good because nearly everyone can achieve it.

“My 84-year-old mother competed in the one-mile walk a couple years ago and did her first 5K a few months later,” she said. “My 10-year-old son has Down syndrome and has to walk holding someone’s hand and he does the one-mile walk.”

One-mile awards will be given to the top overall male and female and top three males and females in various age groups.

Participants in the 5K and one-mile competitions will be entered into a drawing to win a $300 Visa gift card.

There will also be a Kids’ Fun Run geared towards infants and toddlers.

A post-race meal will be served. It will feature grilled hot dogs, pizza, pasta salad, green salad, bananas, apples and cookies.

“There will also be carnival games, a cake walk and a big, inflatable slide even adults are excited about,” DePottey said. “We ask for donations for the Diaper Bank of Genesee County for these activities. So, we’re giving back.”

In addition, the race benefits Faithway Christian School. Money raised will support both the school’s general fund, and its scholarship program.

In the past, funds raised through race have been used to upgrade the small school’s computer lab and keep the school going.

“You can come spend time with family and friends, or make new friends, have a meal and get a chance to win a $300 Visa gift card, all while helping out,” DePottey said.

To register, go to http://race2grace.com/, or visit Faithway Christian School or The Complete Runner on Dort Highway.

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