Five 5Ks in Colorado Springs that help charities

If you're a runner, there are plenty of local 5K's in the Colorado Springs area. If you're not a runner, now's the time to start! A 5K run is an excellent way to beginning a new type of fitness and check something off your bucket list.
There are plenty of 5K's (5 kilometer race = 3.1 miles) to choose from that are simply events to participate in, but there are a select few where you can also give back to your community through helping support a cause or raising money for a charity. Take a look at our Top FIVE 5k races happening soon where your participation can make real a difference:

Chick-fil-A 5th annual Patriots' Festival: Hometown Hero 5K
Saturday, September 12 2015
The Chick-fil-A on Garden of the Gods organizes and supports this local event called the Patriots' Festival. It includes the Walk Ride Run for Heroes and you're able to select whichever race or event fits your interests and fitness level. From a Walk in the park, to a 43-mile bike ride, there are plenty of options.  For runners, the Hometown Heroes 5K is a no brainer to help support local charities that honor our police, fire, EMS and military personnel.  Also, if you fit any of those categories, you'll get an additional $5 discount off registration. Even if you aren't ready to participate in one of the races, the event is FREE and open to anyone.
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NOTE: They've also announced if you register during early bird registration (by April 16th) you'll be entered to win FREE Chick-fil-A for a year. 

Ks for Kenya
Saturday, April 11 2015
Organized by GlobeMed (a student group at Colorado College), this race helps support the Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS (WOPLAH).

Springs Rescue Mission 5K
Whether a family or individual is homeless or simply struggling to make ends meet, Springs Rescue Mission has been a key advocate for the Colorado Springs community since 1996. They help an average of 4,500 families per year. Now, it's your turn to help at this family-friendly walk/run to help support and raise funds for the Springs Rescue Mission.

Kickin' it for Kids Classic
Saturday, May 9th 2015
Remember how much fun summer camp was growing up? There are kids who have never experience the joy and life-changing opportunity to attend a camp. Run this 5k to help raise money for kids who want to attend a Young Life camp.

Springs Spree 5K
Saturday, June 14 2015
Help raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Colorado Springs

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