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Celebrate Differences 5K Registration Now Open

Mar 06, 2014 12:33PM ● By Steven Jack

Celebrate Differences is holding its Annual 5k Run/Walk "Steps Toward a Brighter Future" on Sunday, April 27.  Celebrating its third year, the 5k Run/Walk attracts more than 200 participants from surrounding communities.   

CARA certified and professionally timed, this 5K Race will take runners through the heart of downtown Oswego on a USATF-IL certified course.  Last year's first place male overall medalist, Ray Herriaud crossed the finish line at 19 minutes and 7 seconds. Amy Abrew was the overall first place female medalist with a time of 21 minutes and 51 seconds. If the 5K Race isn't your speed you can register for the Mile for Smiles or the Kid’s Fun Run

This family-friendly event will also offer an array of activities for runners and walkers of all ages. Legend Therapy, Ltd. will be leading pre and post race stretching and offering bodywork demos to participants. 95.9 The River is providing entertainment including music and games. Kids will enjoy face painting and Gonzo the Clown and his special balloon creations. Firehouse Pizza & Pub, Oswego, will be hosting a post race party for participants and friends offering a special price on a slice of pizza, drink and cinnamon knot treats.

"Your participation will ensure that Celebrate Differences continues to provide free programs for children and adults with disabilities and their families," said Rebecca Christiansen, founder and executive director, Celebrate Differences. "Make every step count and register early for a discounted fee. There are still many volunteer and sponsorship opportunities as well."

Registration is available online at To download a registration form, find out about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities visit our Web site You can also contact us at 630-885-3006 or via email

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About Celebrate Differences

Celebrate Differences works everyday to make certain that individuals with disabilities through the state of Illinois get the support they need to live full lives in the community. Our Disability Awareness Center services include educational workshops, parent facilitated support groups, social groups, playgroups and clubs for various age groups and disabilities, annual parties and many other programs.

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