Inaugural 'Run for Hope' set for Sunday

HOPE for the Bereaved will host its first-ever 8K Run for Hope at 10 a.m. Sunday June 5 at Marcellus High School.

HOPE's fundraising and marketing committees came up with the idea for a run/walk one year ago.

"We were looking for a new fundraiser, and one that would raise a lot of awareness for HOPE," said HOPE founder and executive director Therese Schoeneck. "We're here, we have 10 different support groups ... and people will say we saved their life."

HOPE is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Syracuse dedicated to providing support and services for grieving children and adults. Money raised in the run/walk will help fund the core services that HOPE does not charge for such as its support groups, one-to-one counseling and telephone support.

Race participants are encouraged to bring a photo or memento of a loved one to be posted on a memory board the day of the race and later displayed in the HOPE office.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at the high school. The fee for ages 13 and older is $20 through June 3 and $25 June 4 and 5. Children under 13 enter for free.

To register in advance, go to getentered.com.

The event will feature a certified, rigorous 8K race and a looped one to three mile remembrance walk around the school campus.

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