March 3, 2015
11:29 am

10th Annual Lory's Target: 1,500

Organizers of the upcoming 10th Annual Lory's Place Run, Walk & Rock are hopeful of attracting a record 1,500 participants this year. Registration was launched earlier this month and continues right up to race day which is Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Lisa Bartoszek is Director of Bereavement at Hospice at Home and the Director of Lory's Place. She says, "Our goal lis to have 1,500 runners, walkers and rockers this year. She adds, "Lory's Place is fully funded by the generous donations and gifts from our community, and all proceeds from Run, Walk & Rock help provide free services for grieving children and their families throughout SW Michigan and northern Indiana."

The 10th Annual affair is under the direction of event chair Christine Borah. She tells me that the event will begin at 8:30am on the 17th. It is a timed 5K run and walk and the course takes runners and walkers through the old and new areas of the Edgewater Development -- past the sailboats in the marina, along the river, past Lake Michigan and its sandy beaches, down the historical brick streets of Ridgeway, and into parts of beautiful Tiscornia Park. Chip timing will be use for fast and easy race results. All events begin and end at Lory's Place in St. Joseph, located at 455 Upton Drive. 

Comfortable rocking chairs will be available for spectators throughout the morning along the edge of the course, and individuals or groups may choose to sponsor a rocker with a suggested donation of $150.00. The event, benefiting the grief healing and education center of Hospice at Home is presented by The McLoughlin Family Foundation.

Registration continues and costs $20 if mailed and postmarked by May 12th, or presented in person at Lory's Place by 5pm on May 15th, or completed online before 5pm on May 15th. The fee goes up to $30 after 5pm on the 15th until race day on the 17th. Race-day registration will run from 7am until 8:15am. Groups of 8 or more members can register for just $15 per person up until 5pm on May 9th.  

Those who are pre-registered for the event may pick kup race packets and T-shirts on Friday, May 16th from noon until 6pm at Lory's Place.

Last year, Lincoln Elementary School in St. Joseph won the Lory's Place "Champions for Children Challenge." Students, teachers, and administrators are invited to represent their school in either the 5K walk or 5K run. Participants should indicate the school and grade they represent on the registration form. The school with the largest number of participants will be presented with the "Champions for Children" traveling trophy during the awards ceremony following the race.

Here is a link to the printable registration form or online registration opportunity:
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