MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Dozens gathered at the Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Saturday morning to participate in the second-annual “5K For Foster Care” run.
In addition to a 5K run/walk for all ages, there were also two shorter races for children, the “bunny” race and the “rabbit” race.
All proceeds from the event will go to the “Foster Care Enrichment Fund”, which enables children in foster care to participate in recreational opportunities, like summer camps and music lessons, which they might not be able to attend otherwise.
Gena Johnson, a recruit, retention, and support person for foster families, said this event is important in not only contributing to the enrichment fund, but by allowing the community to show support for foster families.
"These families need a lot of support. These children need a lot of support. It's a tough thing they're going through and the more people that come together to get their arms around them, the community, I just think it makes their path a lot easier in life,” Johnson said.
The event was free for foster families and children and included “swag bags” of prizes for the participants.
The cost is $20 for adult participants that pre-register, and $25 for same-day adult registrants.