Donations from LiveWell Ferguson 5K to support local tornado relief, youth scholarships at Emerson YMCA

Organizers of LiveWell Ferguson 5K Twilight Run/Walk will share donations from the event to support local relief efforts from the Good Friday tornado, as well as provide scholarships for youth to participate in summer programs at the Emerson Family YMCA, located in North St. Louis County.

Fifty percent of the race donations will go to the Tornado Relief Fund for Ferguson to help city residents with expenses from tornado damage. The fund will provide assistance with immediate needs of daily living and help with rebuilding and repairs in order to return to normal living conditions. The fund accepts monetary donations or assets from any source. It is administered by a committee of community leaders and managed by The Vine. Donations are tax-deductible; 100 percent of donated funds will go toward relief efforts. For more information on the Tornado Relief Fund, contact Steve Lawler at swlawler@gmail.comor (314) 753-7911 or go online to http://the-vine.us/

The remaining 50 percent of race donations will support youth scholarships at the Emerson YMCA. In 2010, the YMCA was the sole benefactor of LiveWell Ferguson 5K, receiving $4,000 for scholarships.

Runners and walkers still have time to register for LiveWell Ferguson 5K Twilight Run/Walk. The race is Saturday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Ferguson, Mo.

LiveWell 5K is the only twilight race in North St. Louis County. The 2011 race has new features: the first 1,000 5K runners and walkers will receive medals upon finishing; race bibs are exclusive to the event;  Chronotrack Computerized B-Tag Chip Timing; and Christian Hospital is a partner in the effort to provide healthy and active events in Ferguson.

LiveWell 5K boasts a USATF certified course. The races start and finish at Plaza at 501, an outdoor entertainment area at the intersection of Florissant Road and Suburban Avenue. The race opens with entertainment by the Ritenour High School drum line and finishes with a concert with Javier Mendoza.

In 2010, the inaugural year for Live Well Ferguson 5K, more than 900 people attended.

In 2011, the goal is to attract 1,200 participants.

Race fees for LiveWell 5K are $20. Special rates are offered to teams of 10 or more participants. Awards and prizes will be presented to top finishers. The course is timed by Big River Running.

For more details about LiveWell Ferguson 5K, go to www.livewellferg5k.com



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