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Hoof It For Haiti 5K Run, Walk & Kids' Fun Run Next Sat., April 26 in Southbury

2013 start line
2013 start line

Next Saturday, April 26, Sacred Heart Church of Southbury will host their 2014 Hoof It For Haiti 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run. Registration is still open to participate in this fourth annual fundraiser that supports the many programs and individual projects the church’s Haiti Ministry has established through their reciprocal ‘twin parish’ relationship with the people of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows parish in Grand Boulage, Haiti.

Race director Christine Granja stated, “Runners and walkers are welcome to register for this fundraising event. Proceeds from our 2013 race helped purchase material for new classroom benches for the school in Grand Boulage, plus provide hot lunches for all the students that were served in the school canteen throughout the 2012-2013 year. We also funded teachers’ salaries for the year. All race proceeds directly fund this important mission.”

The Hoof It for Haiti 5K Run & Walk features a 3.1 mile, mostly flat and fast course through the streets of the Town of Southbury and along beautiful country roads with gentle, rolling hills. Walkers will follow runners. This is the same course as the very well attended Turkey Trot race held annually Thanksgiving morning. The 5K Run & Walk begins at 9:00 a.m., registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and pre-registration is encouraged  online or via the U.S. Mail.

The Kids Hoof It Fun Run for children 12 years and younger begins at 8:30 a.m. Kids 6 and younger will run a 100 yard dash from the actual 5K Run starting line to the actual 5K finish line. Kids aged 7 to 12 and up will run one loop around the church which is .2 miles and equates to just under one lap around a standard track. All participating children will receive a bib number, finisher’s medal, and T-Shirt.

At 10:15 a.m. awards will be given to the first Overall Male and Female 5K finishers, and to top three runners in each divisions: Male and Female: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over. The awards ceremony and post-race refreshments will be offered on the front lawn of Sacred Heart Church at 910 Main Street South in Southbury.

Donations are very welcomed. “We are most appreciative,” stated Granja, “for all the sponsorships and generous donations we received for the past three Hoof It For Haiti races. ”

The fee for Hoof it for Haiti 5K Runners is $20 for those who pre-register online at by midnight on Tuesday, April 22nd or by U.S. Mail postmarked by Monday, April 21st. Race registrants on Race Day will pay a $25 fee. Walkers’ fee is $15 in advance or on Race Day.  The fee for children 12 and under in the Hoof It Fun Run is $10/child. Registration fees are waived with a minimum of $100 raised in pledges.

To learn more or to register for Sacred Heart Church’s Hoof it for Haiti fundraiser 5K Run & Walk or Kids’ Hoof It Fun Run, visit http://www.hoofitforhaiti.org/southbury/

To volunteer to help raise monies to send to Haiti residents, or for any other questions or needs, contact race director Christine Granja at racedirector@hoofitforhaiti.org or at 203-264-4467.


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