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6th Annual Special Kids Race Slated for April 8th

The Special Kids race is quickly approaching. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, Special Kids is planning for 3,000 participants in the 15K, 5K and one mile family fun run. “Registration is filling up quickly”, says Charlie Apigian, Special Kids race director. “Register by Friday, March 24, to guarantee your shirt size.”

Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to participate in one of three race distances on-site: 15K, 5K or one mile family fun run. The event welcomes all levels of participants and encourages the whole family to get involved. Race fees are $45 for the 15K, $40 for the 5K and $20 for the one mile family fun run. New this year, a “Virtual Runner” option is also available for $25 if a participant would still like to be involved but cannot attend on the actual race day. Registration is open online at specialkidsrace.org.

Beyond entrance in the event, race participants receive a soft-style t-shirt and race medal. 15K and 5K participants will additionally receive race swag from MMC and our partners. For the sixth year, all race expenses are covered by sponsors, allowing funds from registration fees to directly benefit children with special needs at Special Kids.

The race is an annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center. The race revenue is 20% of the $1.4 million dollars needed annually to help keep operations up and running at Special Kids. Race participants, teams, and even individuals not running or walking can additionally help children with special needs by joining “impact Special Kids”, an online fundraising community that helps supporters turn their creative fundraising ideas into a reality. Impact members can participate as individuals or create their own team. “We are looking forward to our 6 th year of this event,” says Stephanie Folkmann, Special Kids director of development. “Our hope is that the community will take hold of this fundraising opportunity to come together for the kids.”

To register for the race, or discover more information about impact fundraising, visit specialkidsrace.org. Race sponsorships are still available for local businesses to join MMC in supporting the event. To learn more about sponsorships, contact Stephanie Folkmann at sfolkmann@specialkidstn.com or 615.893.4892.

Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. The Murfreesboro- based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 3,000 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892.

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