On Sunday, as people step across the starting line, Donna Allen hopes they do so, not only to raise funds for the Abundant Blessing Center, but to also remember its founder, Linda Smith.
The event, the annual Walk for Life, will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, starting at the Grove Sports Complex.
Funds, raised through the signups and race sponsors, will benefit the ABC Center, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide emotional and physical support to families within the Grand Lake area - focusing on pregnancy and early childhood related issues.
Allen, the center's new director, said funding will be used to not only help with day-to-day operations, such as utilities and rent, but also to fund the center's Christmas program.
Last year, more than 160 infants through teens, received clothing and age appropriate gifts.
The center's staff and volunteers provide multiple resources within the community including free pregnancy testing, education on pregnancy and fetal development, adoption options, the Earn to Learn program, Love and Logic parenting classes, relationship counseling by trained peer counselors, abortion recovery, and more.
More about the Walk
At least 65 people have registered for this timed 5K. The event is open to both runners and walkers. It also includes a one-mile fun run/walk.
"We know a lot of churches are using it on Sunday as a fellowship activity," Allen said. "We want to make this race big, in memory of Linda.
"We want people to know we still continue to help as many people as we can."
The race costs $30 for the timed 5K and $20 for the one-mile fun run. Participants who signed up before Sept. 10, will receive t-shirts on the day of the race.
While some extra t-shirts will be available Sunday, many who signed up later, will receive their shirts after a second printing is complete.
While online registration closes on Saturday, day of registration will be available prior to the race.
For more information, to see a route map, or to signup online, persons interested may visit https://runsignup.com/race/ok/grove/abcwalkforlife. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Allen at 918-786-9557 or firstname.lastname@example.org