PIKEVILLE – Judi’s Place for Kids continues to support Child Abuse Awareness Month with the 10th Annual Run with Courage 5k Race/1 Mile Walk on April 8.
Again this year, registration is available online at www.judisplace.org. Registration forms are also available at Judi’s Place for Kids, 128 College Street in Pikeville. According to Executive Director Laura Kretzer, the registration deadline to guarantee a T-shirt is March 24.
“We have made the deadline a little earlier this year due to the volume of shirts we match with racing bibs,” Kretzer said. “With the number of participants increasing each year, we have to make adjustments.”
Judi’s Place for Kids invited children up to age 18 in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin counties to participate in a design contest. The winning design, by Kristen Howard of Pikeville High School, will be printed on T‐shirts as part of the 5K Run/ 1 Mile. More than 700 shirts were distributed for last year’s event, according to Kretzer. Extra shirts are ordered and assigned as registrations come in. “It’s a first come, first serve basis,” Kretzer said.
The race will continue with the Super Hero theme with people encouraged to dress as their favorite hero. “We are having a costume contest for adults and children who dress like any super hero, popular or made up,” Kretzer said.
According to Kretzer March is always a busy time at Judi’s Place for Kids. “We spend this month preparing for the Run with Courage. However, this year we have opened a second office in Prestonsburg, which has kept our staff busy. We are happy to welcome our new staff to be with us on race day, April 8,” Kretzer said.
Appalachian Timing Group will provide professional chip timing and video of the finish line. “We will also have exhibit tables from sponsors and community agencies,” Kretzer said.
Last year the race raised nearly $18,000 to provide services for abused children in Pike, Floyd, Martin, Magoffin and Johnson counties. Judi’s Place for Kids raises nearly $45,000 per year in private donations to supplement government funding and grants, according to Kretzer. “We accept donations all year long and your generosity really makes a difference.”
Judi’s Place for Kids is a child advocacy center that helps abused and neglected children. Kretzer said the staff schedules tours, which helps the public understand the work at Judi’s Place for Kids. For more information about Judi’s Place for Kids or to make a donation call, (606) 437-7447 or visit, http://www.judisplace.org.