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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Cookies on the run

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  • Newton Kansan
    The fourth annual Cookie Daze 5K charity run is scheduled for June 21 at Athletic Park. Pre-registration is at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m.
    There will be a timed competitive race and a "fun run" in which the individual grabs a cookie at each water station and eats it before continuing on, Jackie Anderson said. Anderson created the Cookie Daze 5K.
    Awards will be given to the top three males and females in the competitive race. Prizes will be divided by age: The age groups will be: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. Awards will be given to the top male and female in the "fun run."
    All participants will get to eat cookies after the races.
    Proceeds from the Cookie Daze 5K will be divided between Caring Hands and the Harvey County Safe House. Last year's event raised $4,000, which was divided between the two agencies, Anderson said.
    "Domestic violence is on the rise and it not only affects the family," Anderson said. "When the family is torn apart, the pets are often left behind and usually go to the humane society."
    Money will be raised by sponsors and by participant fees, Anderson said. The cost for entering the race is $20 for adults, $15 for age 13 and under and that is good through June 20. The day of the race, June 21, registration is $25 for everyone.
    People can pre-register for the race by going online at cookiedaze.org, emailing at cookiedaze5k@yahoo.com or calling Anderson at 284-1948. Participants can also register the morning of the race, Anderson said.
    A little more than 100 people ran in the race the first year. Last year, more than 200 runners participated, Anderson said.
    "We're growing steadily," she said.
    Along with the many awards, there will be drawings for prizes donated by sponsors. A band, the Gabriell Project, will perform.
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