Run For Young Brings Community Together for Eighth Annual Race

people runningFamily-Friendly 5K Reminds Teens Importance of Safe Driving and Fundraises for Local High Schools

Christ Episcopal Church of Downtown Raleigh will hold its eighth annual Run for Young 5K race event Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. The race started in 2006 in memory of Sadiki Young, a member of Christ Episcopal Church and senior at Wakefield High School, when he lost his life as a passenger in a alcohol-related accident in January 2007. The 18-year-old was a determined student, talented musician, and accomplished athlete.

Because of the tragic accident, Run for Young aims to remind teens how important it is to make good decisions whenever cars are involved. All proceeds from the race will further raise awareness of safe driving methods for teens at local area high schools as well as support the Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment. The Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment was also created in memory of Young and allows students to have community initiative projects funded and provides scholarship money as well.

The Run For Young is a family-friendly race starting and ending at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 120 E Edenton Street in Downtown Raleigh. The course is an “out and back” route on Edenton and Hillsborough Streets. All community members are invited to participate to run or walk in the race and strollers are welcome. To commemorate Young’s passion for music, the annual race hosts local bands along the sides of the course to provide entertainment for everyone.

“We’re really excited to host the eighth annual Run For Young,” said race course director Lockhart Taylor, “It’s great to see the community get involved year after year and join us in spreading awareness to teens about safe driving. We know Sadiki would have loved this event because it’s a great combination of music and sports all in one.”

In addition to the race and entertainment, there will be a variety of door prizes and registered runners will be automatically entered for the chance to win. Winners will be announced onsite the day of the event. Additional awards will be offered to the top three male and female race winners as well as male and female age group division winners.

Students are being offered discounted rates and anyone who registers by Jan. 2 will get a race t-shirt. Individuals interested in participating in the race should visit, runforyoung.org/race-information-and-registration.html. Businesses interested in becoming sponsors can visit, runforyoung.org/sponsor-the-race.html.

About Run For Young
Run for Young is a 5K race held annually by Christ Episcopal Church of Downtown Raleigh in memory of Sadiki Young. Young was a member of the church and a senior at Wakefield High School when he lost his life as a passenger in a tragic alcohol-related accident in January 2007. The 18-year-old was passionate about sports, music and spending time with friends. All proceeds from the race goes toward raising awareness for safe driving methods for teens at local high schools as well as the Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment. For more information or to register for the 2015 race, visit www.runforyoung.org.

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