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Bronzeville 5K Run/Walk Is Back This Weekend To Fundraise For 3 Schools

The race kicks off Sunday — but organizers are still looking for people to sign up and help them raise money for local schools.

The second annual Bronzeville 5K Run/Walk returns to Armstrong Park this weekend.
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GRAND BOULEVARD — After a year’s hiatus, the Bronzeville 5K Run/Walk is back this weekend and looking for runners — and walkers — of all skill levels to join.

The race, hosted by We Run Sports, is the creation of owner Valane Spaulding, whose work involves promoting community involvement through recreational sports. Proceeds from the race go to three Bronzeville school sports teams: Carter G. Woodson Middle School, Wendell Phillips Academy High School and King College Prep High School.

Money raised from 2019’s inaugural race bought jackets for Phillips’ girls basketball team and backpacks and school supplies for Woodson Elementary students.

Spaulding hopes to get at least 150 registrants, close to the number of people who participated in 2019. Folks interested in joining in person can register onsite, while those who prefer to do it virtually can fill out a form on We Run Sports’ site.

Spaulding’s wife, LaTrina, helps with the organizing, often cheering him on from the sidelines.

The couple wasn’t sure if going on with the race would be a good idea, spending the early part of 2021 in deliberation. But with big festival like Lollapalooza returning, they figured they, too, could bring back the event in a fun, safe way.

The 3-mile race starts at Armstrong Park, taking runners north down Cottage Grove Avenue to 35th Street and west to King Drive, where they can enjoy the the view of stately brownstones before returning to Armstrong Park to cross the finish line.

People who have already registered can pick up their packets and goodie bags 4-6 p.m. Friday at Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, 526 E. 43rd St., or 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Sip & Savor, 528 E. 43rd St.

The race kicks off 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Armstrong Park, 4433 S. St. Lawrence Ave.

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