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Aim of walk is to benefit kids’ health

By Staff | Mar 23, 2012

This is the time of year that everything is changing. There is new growth on the trees, the birds are singing and people are shaking off the winter blues and coming outside. To bring forth the coming of spring, Keller Williams is hosting the first KW March for Kids’ Health 1K/5K at Antietam Battlefield.

The 1K is to allow for kids to participate in a shorter version of the 5K. Parents are encouraged to participate with their kids in this event.

This 1K/5K run or walk is being held to raise money for children in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia) to participate in sports programs that are at times expensive and require equipment that isn’t available to all. Proceeds will also go to KW Cares which helps families in need after natural disasters or severe personal hardship.

“Many people can’t afford to pay for the equipment needed in sports and the registration fees. The proceeds will help put those kids that would normally be sitting at home and get them out and active,” says Susan Reichel.

Reichel, along with Lisa Kingsbury, came up with the idea to put together the run/walk. The idea for the theme of the event “North and South,” came from another group that runs one in Gettysburg. Reichel and Kingsbury are hoping to make the run/walk a tradition for the area, like the one in Gettysburg.

“(We are) looking forward to seeing people participating. This is about kids and for the kids, ” Reichel commented.

The run will take place at Antietam Battlefield on Saturday, Mar. 24. The course is a dual one that allows participants to choose their path. Going along the lines of the fight between North and South that took place on the battlefield, there will be two “teams” participating. North and South will run two different courses and a winner will be declared after the average time of the two teams are found at the end of the event.

“It’s a new take on the old North and South battle. Each team will have a different course to run, the North is for fitness, and the South is for fun.” Reichel explained. Each participant will be asked to sign up for a team when they register for the 5K.

To find out more information about the KW March for Kids’ Health 1K/5K, contact either Susan Reichel at 301-642-1338 or Lisa Kingsbury at240-217-7818. Additional information can be found at www.kwmarchforkids.com, where people may register as well as find ways to donate to the program.