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McHenry 5K to fund scholarships

McHENRY – The newest addition to the McHenry Rotary Blues, Brew and BBQ festival may give some McHenry and Johnsburg high school seniors a running start.

Proceeds from the Rotary 5K Run for Youth Leadership will go toward scholarships and Rotary youth programs, including Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Youth Exchange.

The run starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Petersen Park, where other festival activities will be centered, including volleyball tournaments, blues music and a barbecue contest.

The flat course, which organizers are billing as being stroller friendly, loops through a McHenry neighborhood, at times in sight of McCullom Lake.

Online advance registration, which closes at 2 p.m. Friday, costs $30 and race-day registration costs $36. Race-day registration will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Registration includes admission to the festival and a race T-shirt designed and produced by McHenry East High School students out of the school’s print shop.

The Rotary of McHenry and District 156 had been looking for a way to team up and the race looked like a natural fit, said McHenry East

Assistant Principal Terry Fitzgibbons, who joined the Rotary last September.

“The value for the kids is that they can actually see a project through to completion, from something that was an idea to a finished project that the community sees,” he said.

There will be a $200 cash prize for the overall first-place male and female finishers.

For information or to register, visit www.mchenryrotary5k.com.

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