5K Fun Run scheduled to raise money for RLC Foundation, honor fallen classmates

INA, Ill. (July 25, 2013) – Members of the Benton Consolidated High School (BCHS) Class of 1993 are looking to get together, have fun and raise money for scholarships for future students, and what better way than to partner with the Rend Lake College Foundation to host a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid’s Run.

The event is scheduled to begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at RLC’s Hitting Zone at the Ina campus. The race itself will start at 9 a.m. and will be timed for those looking to beat their own records.

Cindy Ward, one of the event organizers and member of the Class of 1993, said that the Fun Run is open to everyone, from walkers to runners of all ages, and even those with strollers. There will also be a one-mile kid’s run following the 5K at 10 a.m. for children ages 12 and younger.

“We were getting ready for our 20-year class reunion and we were thinking about what we wanted to do,” said Ward. “Right now, there are so many people active in 5Ks, so we thought, why don’t we do something fun like that? All of the money raised will honor three of our classmates who have passed away.”

Of the three fallen classmates – Josh Odom, Ann Parker and Tammy Shockley – two had attended RLC, and Ward said putting together scholarships to honor the classmates would be a great way to remember them.

“The money we raise will be used as scholarship money for three 2014 BCHS grads who will attend RLC in the fall of 2014,” added Ward.

To register for the Fun Run, log on to www.runningintheusa.com and search for the event by date, location or name. Fees for the race will be accepted online as well. Registration also will be held the morning of the event, starting at 8 a.m.

The registration fees include an event T-shirt, costing $20 before Sept. 21. Those who wait to register after Sept. 21 are not guaranteed a T-shirt for their $25 payment. Shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the event.

T-shirts also are available for the Kid’s Run registration, costing $10 before Sept. 21 and $15 afterward and on race day. Checks can be made payable to the BCHS Class of ’93 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Several sponsorship opportunities also are available for those who want to help. The four levels of sponsorship – Gold, Silver, Bronze and In Kind – are all welcome and should be made by Sept. 1.

“We have a financial goal that we want to hit, and we definitely want to continue our partnership with the Foundation. Plus, it’s a fun thing for us to do together,” said Ward.

For more information about the BCHS Class of 1993 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid’s Run, visit online at www.runningintheusa.com or check out the BCHS Class of ’93 Memorial Scholarship Fun Run Facebook Page.

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