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Stiemke: Human Race approaching this month

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:27 p.m. CDT

So far, 57 local charities have joined the McHenry County Human Race. The 5K walk/run will be 9 a.m. April 27 on Corporate Drive in McHenry. 

The Human Race is a unique race that lets individuals choose which organization will receive the proceeds of their race registration. Individuals may also fundraise for the organization of their choice. 

Individuals can register online through April 25 for $35 at www.mchumanrace.org. In-person registration can be done at packet pick-up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 in the cafeteria at McHenry County College. Race day registration will cost $40 and may be done during packet pick-up from 7 a.m. until race time at Brake Part on Corporate Drive, McHenry. Children age 10 and younger can register for $15. The race begins at Follette Software, 1391 Corporate Drive, McHenry. 

More than 1,000 individuals are expected to race this year. Medals will be given to all registered children. The top male and female will receive a prize and award. Medals will be given to the first three individuals to complete the race in the following categories: ages 10 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44,45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64,65 to 69, 70 and older. 

Volunteer Center McHenry County provides $2,400 in prize money for agencies including: the $600 McHenry County Community Foundation Award to the organization with the most runners and walkers, the $400 Illinois State Bank Award to the top fundraising organization and the $400 Covidien Award to the top fundraiser’s organization of choice. 

The following charities are looking for community support: 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, A to Z Literacy Movement, Adult & Child Therapy Services, Alexander Leigh Center for Autism, Animal House Shelter Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Care Center, CASA of McHenry County, Challenger Learning Center for Science & Technology, Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County Inc., Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Crystal Lake Teen Center – The BREAK, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, Families ETC, Family Alliance Inc., Family Health Partnership Clinic, Fire Wagon Hockey Inc. “YellowJackets Hockey,” Free Guitars for Future Stars, Friendship House, Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center, GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry County, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois, Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County, Healing Hearts with Hooves and Hounds, Hearts of Gold, Helping Paws Animal Shelter, Home of the Sparrow, Hooved Animal Humane Society, Huntley Library Friends Foundation, Jail Brakers, JourneyCare Foundation, Lakeside Legacy Foundation, Little Angels Center For Exceptional Care, Main Stay Therapeutic Riding, McCAP, McHenry County College, McHenry County Community Foundation, McHenry County Historical Society & Museum, NAMI McHenry County, NISRA Foundation, On Angels’ Wings Inc., Options & Advocacy for McHenry County, Riverwood Elementary School PTO, Sage YMCA, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, McHenry Conference, Special Olympics Illinois (MPD), Spring Grove Fire Explorer Post 1800, St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership, The Literacy Connection, Turning Point Inc., University of Illinois Extension, McHenry County, VOICE Sexual Assault Services, Volunteer Center McHenry County and Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry

The race includes an expo of nonprofit organizations and a few local business. Run, walk, then volunteer!

Charities may still register. For information about the Human Race, contact Volunteer Center McHenry County at 815-344-4483 or visit www.mchumanrace.org. 

• Rebecca Stiemke is the executive director of Volunteer Center McHenry County. She can be reached by emailing rstiemke@volunteermchenrycounty.org or calling 815-344-4483.

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