5K and Fun Run support a healthy community in Herriman
The race is on to benefit girls in the South Valley area. The 2013 Utah Evolution / Juvenile Diabetes 5K and Fun Run will be held at W&M Butterfield Park, 6212 West 14200 South, on Saturday, April 6.
This is the second year the 5K and fun run race event will be held in Herriman to support local girls’ fast pitch softball teams. This year, a portion of the proceeds from registration for the upcoming race will also go to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
2013 Utah Evolution / Juvenile Diabetes 5K and Fun Run event director Sheree Warnock said the team made the decision to donate money to benefit diabetes research in honor of a team player, Libby Parkinson.
“You’d never know [she has juvenile diabetes],” Warnock said. “She’s an amazing little player and person.”
Libby is a 12-year-old Herriman resident and fast pitch softball player. She uses an insulin pump to manage her health, but doesn’t let that stop her from getting in the game and keeping a great attitude.
Warnock said the race proceeds are going to support a great cause, because playing softball promotes healthy activity, friendships and good self-esteem for all of the girls that participate.
“It’s so good for them, and the girls just love it,” she said.
The 5K and Fun Run races will both support three girls’ fast pitch softball teams in the area. The teams are separated by player’s age. Anyone entering the race can designate which team the entry fee will support.
All of the proceeds from the race go to support the girls. Registration is $25 per runner entering the 5K with a race day T-shirt, or $20 to run without receiving the shirt.
Of the fee, $2 from each entry will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The remainder will cover the costs of the shirts, and to support activities for the softball teams.
Registration for the Fun Run, which covers a one-mile course, costs $15 with a shirt and $10 without. A dollar from each entry will be donated to diabetes research.
The funds donated to the team will cover the costs of equipment, traveling for out-of-state tournament games, and winter practice sessions at an indoor facility.
Warnock said the event is open to families – including team players, parents, siblings and grandparents - and everyone is welcome. She said she hopes that everyone who made it out last year will return again for the upcoming event, and that new participants will be inspired to get involved.
“We had a really great turnout last year,” she said.
The race begins at 9 a.m. on the day of the event, but everyone who wants to participate is encouraged to register early. Shirts are only available through April 1, and online registration for the race closes at 8 p.m. on April 5.
More information on how to register is available online at http://runnercard.com/e/runner.Main?meet=4455