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Care Net of Carbon to host virtual 5K

Care Net of Carbon County is hosting a virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk, from May 30 through June 14.

This self-timed race is a family-friendly fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting Care Net, a community resource providing support to those facing pregnancy, and encouraging healthy choices in sexuality, relationships, and parenting.

The race was initially scheduled as a physical event, but the COVID-19 crisis compelled the organization to pivot to a virtual race.

“Many of our Spring fundraising activities had to be canceled,” Suzi DeMara, executive director said. “We wanted to keep the Run/Walk to provide a safe virtual event where we can still follow CDC guidelines on social distancing.”

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Care Net continued to provide essential services like baby supplies and diapers to clients. They also continued to provide education and support through phone sessions and videoconferencing. They are hoping the public will join in this “on your own” event to help provide support for these services.

Participants can register in advance and then walk or run 5 kilometers at their own convenience anytime and anywhere May 30 through June 7.

They will time themselves and can then submit their time to Care Net.

“Runners and walkers can even log their distance on treadmill, said DeMara. “We’re hoping the convenience and flexibility of this event will encourage more people to participate.”

Register online or download a registration form at carenetcarbon.org; or call Care Net at 610-379-0411 to request a form via mail.

Registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12.

Participants are also encouraged to email or text family and friends to ask if they would sponsor them to run or walk for Care Net.

Anyone raising or donating $100 or more will be recognized on Care Net’s social media.

Care Net exists to build healthy families through education and support; classes/groups include Parenting, Anger Management, Marriage/Relationships, and Teen Group. Offices are located in Lehighton and Nesquehoning.

Clients are served without cost and without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation disability, or other arbitrary circumstances.

For more information, call Care Net at 610-379-0411.