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5K Helps Fund Programs For Children and Adults With Disabilities

There's still time to register or sign up as a volunteer for the Celebrate Differences "Steps Toward a Brighter Future" race.

Celebrate Differences, an Oswego nonprofit that supports individuals with disabilities, will host its third annual "Steps Toward a Brighter Future" 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 27.

The CARA-certified, professionally timed race takes runners through the heart of downtown Oswego. Participants who aren't up for a 5K can opt for the "Mile for Smiles" or "Kids Fun Run" races. The Kids Fun Run is not timed.

The 5K and Mile for Smiles fee is $40 and the fee for the Kids Fun Run is $10. 

Race-day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the race site, 61 Franklin St. in Oswego.

Race packet and T-shirt pickup is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Road Runner Sports, 2555 W. 75th St. in Naperville.

Visit the event website for a map of the course and other race info.

The family friendly event will also include pre- and post-race stretching and bodywork demos, courtesy of Legend Therapy Ltd.

Radio station 95.9 The River will provide music and games, and kids can enjoy face painting and the special balloon creations of "Gonzo the Clown."

Firehouse Pizza & Pub in Oswego will host a post-race party offering special prizes on a slice of pizza, drink and cinnamon knot treats.

Runners and walkers can register online. For more information on sponsorships or volunteer opportunities, or to download a registration form, visit the Celebrate Differences Website. Participants can also call 630-885-3006 or email info@celebratedifferences.org.

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