Celebrate spring and support local nonprofits this weekend at three fundraising walks for good causes. Lace up your shoes to walk or run at one of the following:
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
KIC-IT (Kids In Crisis — Intervention Team) will host the annual charity 5K walk/run, Walk A Mile In My Shoes fundraiser on Saturday at Franklin Community High School.The event will start at 10 a.m. Registration fees are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 6 to 17, and 5 and younger will get in free. Walkers can register online at kic-it.org.
Refreshments will be served at the event and all those who purchase a registration will enter to win one of our door prizes. All proceeds from the event will benefit KIC-IT in their mission to combat youth homelessness and chronic poverty in Johnson County.
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Waggin’ on Main Street
Dogs will also have their day of charitable walking on Saturday at Bargersville’s Waggin’ on Main Street.A charity 5K dog walk will start at 10 a.m. downtown on Main Street.
All proceeds go to the Humane Society of Johnson County. The day will include adoptions and pet micro-chipping.
The 5K dog walk (for a $20 donation) will start at 10 a.m. Kids 12 and under can participate free with a paid parent participant. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The 1-mile dog walk for a $10 donation will start at 10:10 a.m.
There will also be vendors, food, music, a silent auction and 50/50 tickets. The humane society will collect donations including gift cards, dog and cat food, crates and office supplies and more.
Groundhog Gallop 5K
Also on Saturday will be the inaugural Groundhog Gallop 5K and Kids Run at Johnson County park.The 5K will begin at noon. The kids run will be at 1 p.m. Families and runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. All participants will receive a medal and a cool tee shirt.
There will be a live groundhog to meet and the Columbus Model Railroad Club will be open for visitors. The Indiana Live Steamers will also be offering train rides for $3 per person.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-526-6809. To register for the event, visit the website runsignup.com and search for the Groundhog Gallop. Registration is $30 per entrant and all proceeds go to support the playgrounds at Johnson County Park.
Race for an Orphan 5K
The Boaz Project hosts its ninth annual 5K to support the group’s mission to inspire leaders to care for orphans in their own communities — Race for an Orphan 5K. Currently, The Boaz Project supports seven orphanages in Russia and India.Activities are 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Craig Park, 20 E. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood.
Events include family friendly activities and professional chip timing. Strollers and pets are welcome. After walkers and runners cross the finish line, celebration festivities include a band, face painting, balloon artistry, massage and a snack.