.5K race `for all ages' will help stop child abuse

Ralston House invites community out for Saturday morning race

Posted 7/22/19

Wheat Ridge resident Halley Gruber may “not be running a real 5K any time soon,” she said, but she's fully prepared for Ralston House's .5K Endurance Challenge coming up in August. “I've been …

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.5K race `for all ages' will help stop child abuse

Ralston House invites community out for Saturday morning race

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Wheat Ridge resident Halley Gruber may “not be running a real 5K any time soon,” she said, but she's fully prepared for Ralston House's .5K Endurance Challenge coming up in August.

“I've been participating for more than 10 years,” she said. “You start to recognize people year after year. It's a really fun event.”

Ralston House, a nonprofit that provides support and resources for children who have experienced abuse, is holding its 13th annual .5K Endurance Challenge. Though the event has occurred at multiple locations in previous years, this year's event will take place in just one location at the Plaza at Belmar, 464 S. Teller St., raising awareness and funds for the nonprofit's mission to stop child abuse.

The event begins on Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m. with pre-race activities, including a pancake breakfast, face-painting and a safety fair put on by the Lakewood Police Department.

“We have our tactical team out there showing some of our equipment and our canines,” said Chief of Police Dan McCasky. “I love seeing the interaction with our police officers, and I love seeing that people hold Ralston House in the same high esteem I do.”

The race starts at 11 a.m. and “it only takes about 10 minutes,” said Special Events Associate Jennifer Kemps.

“It's for all ages and all abilities,” she said. “As long as you can get off the couch, you can do our race.”

Gruber agreed, adding that her son, Montana, won the race's youngest runner award last year, when he was seven weeks old.

“Fundraisers can feel very formal, but this is a great way to get your kids involved,” she said. “This is hands-down one of the most tangible ways you can help change a family's life for the better.”

Racers can register at ralstonhouse.org/race or can same-day register on-site. Registration costs $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and children.

Teams of four can register for $80 and teams of 10 or more can register for $180. Registration will cost slightly more for day-of registrations.

“For those who come for the first time, you'll be sold forever,” McCasky said. “You'll leave knowing there's a lot of good in the world.”

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