CRESTVIEW — Mosaic Church in Crestview will sponsor this year's Crestview Pregnancy Center 5K Run on April 13.
The 5K run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the kids’ fun run, for children ages 10 and under, at 9:30 a.m. The event will feature police and emergency vehicles on display, along with a helicopter that will land at the event.
Top male and female performers in the 5K, fun run and walking categories, and those pushing baby strollers, will earn awards. Additionally, door prizes including gift certificates from local businesses, such as a golf course and area restaurants, will be available. Each participant will receive snacks and a raffle ticket. Anyone who brings one or more packs of baby diapers will receive a raffle ticket.
Kids can enjoy face painting, balloons and a bounce house. The Mosaic Church band will provide live music.
"This event is one of our major fundraising events," Pregnancy Center director Sue Carrigan said.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Crestview Pregnancy Center," said race coordinator and church member Holly Fitzwater.
More participants have pre-registered, contrasted with last year, Fitzwater said. The 2012 event attracted 200 participants.
The Crestview Pregnancy Center, 898 N. Pearl St., is a faith-based, nonprofit center that educates pregnant women and provides them with tools to prepare them for motherhood.
"We offer free pregnancy tests to those in their first trimester," Carrigan said. "We only help those that test positive at our facility."
The center also offers abstinence education to those who do not test positive for the pregnancy test.
"On average, we see between 55 to 60 clients a month”; clients’ ages typically range between 16 and 20, Carrigan said. "We see a variety of women from different backgrounds."
Churches, businesses, organizations and individuals’ donations support the volunteer-run operation.
Want to go?
The 5th annual Crestview Pregnancy Center 5K is 8:30 a.m. April 13 at Old Spanish Trail Park in Crestview. Register at http://bit.ly/USKDI0, or until 7:45 a.m. on the day of the run.
Call the Crestview Pregnancy Center, 682-1011, during business hours for more details on the 5K run. The center is open Monday and Tuesday, noon to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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