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United Way Opens Registration for Spring 5K in West Deptford

While spring may seem so far away, the United Way of Gloucester County has already scheduled its inaugural "Spring into Action" 5K race.

With frigid temperatures and incessant snowfall, it's somewhat difficult to believe spring will be here soon. Although throwing on a pair of shorts and lacing up the running shoes may be the last thing on some peoples’ minds, the United Way in Gloucester County has already opened registration on this year’s “Spring into Action” 5K Race and Fun Walk.

Kicking off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, the event will feature a professionally managed 5K race and one-mile fun walk course. In addition, games and activities will also be held for all children.

The 5K will be held at West Deptford Park, located behind the industrial park off of Metropolitan Parkway. Those who wish to register can do so by downloading a form or by registering online for $25 per person or $50 for a family of four. Registration will be bumped up to $30 for those who register the day of the event.

All proceeds will go to “Improving Supportive Services for Active Military, Veterans and their Families”—the United Way’s first competitive grant program, which will be awarded in July.

“We know that returning veterans need employment opportunities and other assistance as they transition back to civilian life and we want to be as prepared as possible to help make that transition successful,” said Jere Hoffner, executive director of the United Way.

More than 20,000 veterans are living in America, according to the Gloucester County Office of Veterans Affairs. Hoffner adds that that number will grow as troop rescind from the Middle East.

Following the 5K race will be the presentation of awards to the top two men and women from specific age groups and for the fastest teams of three or more runners.

Those with questions are asked to contact Tina Grant at the United Way of Gloucester County at 856-845-4303, ext. 12 or via email at tinagrant@uwgcnj.org

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