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April’s Hop, Stop ‘N’ Run 5K Benefits North Center’s Common Pantry

The Hop, Stop 'N' Run 5K is set to start April 3 and continue through April 10.

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NORTH CENTER — A socially distanced 5K next month will benefit Common Pantry’s efforts to fight hunger and poverty and the North Center Chamber Of Commerce.

The Hop, Stop ‘N’ Run 5K is being organized by the chamber and is set to start April 3 and continue through April 10.

Registration is $25 for individuals and $75 for teams of up to four. To sign up click here.

Participants will get an event t-shirt and swag bag. They will be available for pickup at the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, 4054 N. Lincoln Ave., from 2-6 p.m. March 31 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 3.

All participants in the Hop, Stop ‘N’ Run must follow state and local guidelines with respect to wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing, according to the chamber.

“Lace up your gym shoes and grab your bike helmets, enjoy some fresh air and explore North Center on foot or by bike at your own pace,” said Lindsay Eanet, the chamber’s executive director.

In addition to Common Pantry, proceeds from the event will benefit the chamber’s programming and resources for local small businesses. The chamber is also encouraging people to stop at businesses along the 5K route to say hello and treat themselves to food or a drink once they are done.

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Third party fundraisers are a significant portion of Common Pantry’s income but due to the pandemic many events have been canceled or postponed, said Margaret O’Conor, Common Pantry’s executive director. But demand for food at Common Pantry has increased.

“This is a fantastic launch to 2021’s third party initiatives and we’re super excited to work with the chamber, who have always supported us, to maximize this fundraiser for them too,” O’Conor said. “Small businesses are always supporting us at our events, providing auction items or giving us food, we have a really amazing community that has supported us during this pandemic.”

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