Hundreds will don Halloween costumes a few weeks early this year for the first Trick or Feet! 5K Run, Walk, and Roll Sunday in Northville.
The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan invites everyone to the Halloween-themed event for a run, walk, or half mile "Mini Monster Dash" through Maybury Sate Park.
"It's a beautiful park to see the fall colors," said Kiel Porter, the foundation's event coordinator.
Participants are encouraged to wear a family-friendly Halloween costume for running or walking. Dogs on a leash are also welcome to attend in costume. There will be costume contests, pumpkin painting, face painting, cider and donuts, massages and more.
Proceeds benefit kidney disease prevention, management programs
Porter said they exceeded the goal of 100 registrants and are hoping for more. Proceeds from the the Halloween-themed event will support the foundation's programs.
"We focus on both the prevention of kidney diseases and the management of kidney diseases," said Lindsay E. White, communications coordinator.
The foundation supports patient services and prevention education programs for the more than 900,000 people in Michigan living with kidney disease plus those at risk for developing it. One such service is the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
"This is a program we have
been offering for about a year. We’re
really excited about it," she said.
She said it teaches participants how to change their lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Kids' Camp in Fenton, Mich., an annual tradition for 27 years, is another recipient of the funds raised. It's offered to children who have chronic kidney disease or are on dialysis, White said.
"It allows them a chance to be a kid for a week and be with their peers, and do things they couldn't normally do," she said.
Details on the The 5K Run, Walk, and Roll
The 5K Run, Walk, and Roll begins at 10 a.m. and is on a paved trail. The children's half mile Mini Monster Dash, for all kids under 12, begins at 11:30 a.m. and is also on a paved trail. Registration is $35 for the 5K, and $10 for the kids' half mile.
Pre-registration and packet pickup is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Meadowbrook Country Club, at 40941 West Eight Mile Road, and Sunday at the event beginning at 9 a.m. All race participants must have a Recreation Park Passport, available for $11 at the park entrance.
The starting line will be at the Oak Shelter, located at the Eight Mile Road entrance, 49775 Eight Mile Road, which is one mile west of Beck Road.
Online registration will close Friday morning; however, participants can register in person on Sunday. For more information or to register, visit www.nkfm.org/events, or call Porter at 800-482-1455.