Helen Keller Services hosts ‘Helen’s 5K run/walk’ fundraiser on April 23

Helen Keller Services hosts ‘Helen’s 5K run/walk’ fundraiser on April 23
Runners participate in a previous run/walk event. (Photo courtesy of Helen Keller Services)

Helen Keller Services, a national non-profit working with individuals who are blind, have low vision, are deafblind and/or have combined hearing vision loss to live, work and thrive, will host its annual “Helen’s 5K Run/Walk” event on April 23 with an official start at 9:30 a.m. at the Sands Point Preserve in Sands Point. This is a USA Track and Field-certified course. Funds raised will support Helen Keller Services’ Health and Wellness Program.

This is the first time in three years the event will be held in person, having been conducted virtually in 2020, 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants can still choose to get involved virtually from April 15-23. All participants can register online at https://tinyurl.com/58ru2tan.

“We are so excited to be back together again, in the spirit of community and support that has always been the hallmark of this event,” Sue Ruzenski, CEO of Helen Keller Services, said. “This is a truly national event, pulling in participants from across the country. Last year’s event included participants from Maine to Hawaii.”

In addition to raising funds for Helen Keller Services, participants can compete to win an award in the following categories:

  • The first physically challenged male and female finishers
  • The first-place, second-place and third-place finishers who are deafblind
  • The first three male and female winners in each age category: 10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+
  • Award to the top male and female veteran or in the military

All in-person participants on April 23 will receive a Helen’s 5K Run/ Walk t-shirt.

Co-event sponsors: Peter & Jeri Dejana Foundation and Harding Real Estate.

About Helen Keller Services:

Helen Keller Services’ mission is to enable individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and/or have a combined hearing and vision loss to live, work and thrive in their community of choice. Helen Keller Services offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults and Helen Keller Services for the Blind. For more information, please visit www.helenkeller.org.

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