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Faithway race fundraiser to provide family fun

By Tanya Terry
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com

The Race2Grace offers races for walkers and runners of all ages. The Race2Grace offers races for walkers and runners of all ages. BURTON — About 500 participants are wanted and those who have been involved in the planning of the Race2Grace are hoping to earn about $100,000 through the race this year, matching last year’s proceeds.

“Money goes to help with scholarships so people can attend Faithway Christian Academy and for the general fund,” said Karen DePottey, event coordinator for the upcoming eighth annual Race to Grace, to be held May 19.

For the first time at the race this year, there will be three individual drawings for $100 gift cards; one for a male, one for a female and one for a child under age 18. In the past, only one gift card was given away.

Last year, for the first time, a gluten free meal was offered. This year, that new tradition will continue.

According to DePottey, there are not a lot of hills on the course, which she said is perfect for those just starting running or walking.

The Race2Grace 5K Run/Walk features a route through beautiful Kelly Lake Park. 
Photos provided The Race2Grace 5K Run/Walk features a route through beautiful Kelly Lake Park. Photos provided “People get a better race time on a flat course,” she said.

The 5K goes through Kelly Lake Park, and the one-mile race goes through a residential neighborhood

The race is regarded as family friendly, according to DePottey. The one-mile race is ideal for those with young kids.

“They can bring jogging strollers or running strollers,” she said. “They can bring regular strollers if they want to walk.”

There is also a free kids’ zone with a bounce slide and carnival games. In addition, there is a playground.

“We have a cake walk for all ages,” DePottey said. “The cake walk is similar to playing musical chairs in order to win a cake or cupcake, and we will take donations from participants. Proceeds from the cake walk go to the Genesee County Diaper Bank.”

Seniors have also felt welcomed at the race. DePottey’s grandmother first participated in the 5K walk at age 82.

“Many residents of Lockwood of Burton retirement community trained around their facility and participated in the Race2Grace,” DePottey said.

DePottey said one element of the race that separates it from other Burton Race Series races is the Race2Grace was voted to have the best post-race meal of all the races. Pizza, salad, fresh fruit, potato chips, cookies, grilled hot dogs, water, tea and coffee will be offered. Everything will be offered in a gluten free version. Five-dollar meal tickets can be purchased for family or friends who did not participate in the race but would like to celebrate with racers after the event.

In the 5K, the overall male and female runner and walker each will receive a labeled medal and a dozen roses from Bentley Florist. The top male and female over 40 and the top three males and females in 15 age groups from 10 and under to 70 and over and also receive a medal. For the one-mile run, the top male and female overall, top three males and females in age groups 17 and under and top three males in females in age groups 18 and over will be awarded.

DePottey said they have gotten positive feedback on the logo on the medals this year, some people compete just for the bling and people tend to come back the next year after participating whether they win or not.

Registration information and details: race2grace.com/.

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