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My Block, My Hood, My City Hosting 5K With 400 Runners And Walkers Expected

The first My Block, My Hood, My City 5K will raise money for the organization, which helps and West and South Side teens.

Jahmal Cole, left, is founder of My Block, My Hood, My City. The organization hosted its first 5K last year, bringing out hundreds of participants.
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CHICAGO — My Block, My Hood, My City will host its first 5K this weekend in Marquette Park, with some 400 runners and walkers expected.

The organization, which focuses on helping teens from the West and South sides explore other parts of Chicago, hopes the 5K will bring more Chicagoans to Marquette Park. Runners are also fundraising for My Block, My Hood, My City.

“Proceeds from the race help, not only our Explorers, but also each one of us to step out of our comfort zone,” said founder Jahmal Cole in an email. “The city will only be able to address its challenges when we are all connected.”

The 5K will feature prizes for the winners of the race and the teams that raised the most money, a history hunt and live music, according to the organization’s website. There will be a post-race barbecue and vendors selling goods, as well as a bounce house and activities for children.

You can register online for $35 or register the day of the 5K starting at 8 a.m. Those who wish to volunteer can sign up online.

The race kicks off 10 a.m. Sunday at 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

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