The annual fun run in Buckley will again bring happy participants to the finish line. This photo is from the 2016 event which, as always, helped raise money for women’s causes. FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON

The annual fun run in Buckley will again bring happy participants to the finish line. This photo is from the 2016 event which, as always, helped raise money for women’s causes. FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON

Fun run for Mary Kay Foundation May 19

There will be awards for the top overall male and female, as well as an award for the top 5K finisher in both the 40+ and youth (13 and younger) categories.

Buckley will again be home to the MK5K and one-mile fun run, an event that directly benefits women’s causes.

The fifth annual event, staged by local Mary Kay Foundation volunteers, will see walkers and joggers covering the popular Foothills Trail the morning of Saturday, May 19. The event begins and ends in front of the Buckley Youth Center, 251 N. River Ave. Registration starts at 8 a.m., the one-mile fun run/walk departs at 9 and the 5K run/walk follows at 9:30. There will be awards for the top overall male and female, as well as an award for the top 5K finisher in both the 40+ and youth (13 and younger) categories. Proceeds from the May 19 event will benefit the Mary Kay Foundation to support scientists working on causes for breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers and provide grants that fund shelters for victims of domestic violence.

During the past two decades, the foundation has provided more than $26.8 million to cancer research and $46.9 million in grants to women’s shelters and other domestic violence organizations.

The entry fee is $5 for the kids’ one-mile fun run; $10 for the adult one-mile fun run; $10 for students doing the 5K; and $20 for adults doing the 5K. There’s also a $50 family rate and a $100 fee for a team of six.

The day will include raffles for various prizes donated by area merchants.

Morning-of registration is available, but organizers encourage participants to sign up in advance at: https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Buckley/MK5Kandonemilefunrun.

For information about the MK5K, contact Corie Roberts at cdroberts@marykay.com.

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