Local Hosparus to host Lunar 5K

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Event is Saturday at Freeman Lake Park

By Kelly Cantrall

The local Hosparus organization is asking Hardin County to glow with generosity.

Hosparus of Central Kentucky hosts a new fundraising event this weekend, one that brings 100 percent of the proceeds back to the area. The organization hosts a Lunar 5K at 8 p.m. Saturday at Freeman Lake Park.

The event features a 3.1-mile lighted pathway attendees can run or walk, as well as booths from area businesses offering information and giveaways.

The organization previously partnered with all of the other Hosparus chapters for a Hike for Hosparus walk, said Lisa Sanford, senior manager of advancement and community relations. But this year each chapter hosts its own events.

Those interested can register for the event online at www.lunar5k.com, mail forms to Hosparus or sign up between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Planet Fitness. Information packets are available there.

The course will be accented with “glow avenues,” or lighted tents along the way, and music from a DJ, Sanford said.

There are about 660 registered for the 5K, and Sanford said officials have set a goal of about 800 participants.

“We would love to have way more than that,” she said.

The fundraising goal is $30,000, and the money specifically benefits the organization’s Kourageous Kids program, which focuses on pediatric patients.

The event also is dedicated to Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker, who died Friday. Walker “was very supportive of this 5K,” Sanford said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.