By TRACY O’DONNAL
The United Way Volunteer Center is sponsoring its second annual 5K race on Saturday to raise money for participating local charities.
The 5K race, also known as the Human Race, raised more than $14,000 last year. The money funded programs run by local charity organizations.
“This year more than 30 local non-profit organizations are signed up as participating charities,” said Bill Hulterstrom, president of United Way of Utah County. “And we expect to raise more money than last year.”
Mollianne Buhn, director of United Way Volunteer Center in Provo, said participants may choose which charities will receive the money, and all
money earned will be donated to that charity.
The American Red Cross, for example, will use the money to continue programs such as the Emergency Assistance Program, CPR classes and the Telecare Program, Buhn said.
Local businesses, such as Novell and Nu Skin International, have come together to sponsor and help organize this year’s race, according to a news release issued by the United Way Volunteer Center.
“This is a way to bring our employees to help raise money for the community,” said John Petersen, manager of Nu Skin Community Relations, “Our employees like to get involved in community activities, and this is the way to do it with company backing.”
Participants can bring family members and friends to join in the activity. A 5K wheelchair-accessible course is open to participants of all ages.
Those who collect $35 in pledges will receive a Human Race T-Shirt and pledges of $75 or more will receive a Human Race sweatshirt.
Participants are eligible for door prizes, to be given away at the end of the race. The top money raisers will receive one of several grand prizes.
An official pledge form should be filled out to participate in the Human Race. Forms are available at the United Way Volunteer Center located at 148 North 100 West in Provo, or call the center at 374-8108 for more information.