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Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio's Race for Kids to move forward both virtually and in reality

Participants will complete the annual race at a course and time of their own choosing.
5K runners at the 2014 Wigs for Kids event at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

CLEVELAND — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio will be running their annual Race for Kids in both the digital and actual worlds this year. 

Typically held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the race will take place mostly online this year, with one catch; participants will still be doing either a 5k run or a one-mile walk at a course and time of their choosing.

"By giving folks the flexibility to do their run or walk wherever they choose over a period of a couple of weeks, we can have a fun event that also keeps our participants and their families safe," said Jeff Scott, BGCNEO President and CEO .

For those registering at www.bgcneo.org, you will be receiving an official race t-shirt via USPS ahead of the event. You will be encouraged to wear your t-shirt in social media posts as your complete the run or walk, which can be done anytime between June 13 and June 27. Times can be recorded in a post on a race Facebook page and celebrity race ambassadors will be encouraging participants via video messages.

Registration begins June 1 and is $25 for individuals and $60 for families. Early bird registration for individuals is $20 and $50 for families. Contributions without running or walking is always welcomed through the fundraising-only option.

All proceeds benefit the BGCNEO, which provides safe and fun places for kids to attend after school and during the summer months. 2019 saw an average of nearly 2,000 kids per day attending a Club. Race of Kids sponsors are CFNA, Third Federal Foundation, Saint-Gobain, Fox Sports Ohio and James P. Anderson DDS.

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