The annual Cannon Ball 5k Run/Walk, sponsored by the Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity, is scheduled for Saturday morning.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to office coordinator Lisa Conley:

Lisa Conley

“This is our 11th annual event and we welcome anyone who is a runner or walker,”said Conley,”This is a fundraiser for a new build in Higginsville for a family with six children and they are very excited about the project.  We have already broke ground and poured the walls for the basement.”

Pre-registration events are scheduled to kick-off at 6:00 a.m. and the race will officially begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the court house in Lexington.  Awards will be given by age group, including a special Masters Award to the top male and female racers ages 40+.  For more information, please visit www.trinityucclexington.org.

Press Release:

Help raise funds for the Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity by participating in the 11th Annual Cannon Ball 5K run/walk.  The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16th in front of the court house in Lexington.  Pre-register by June 1st to guarantee that you receive a t-shirt on race day; registration on race day begins at 6:00 am.

There will be awards by age group, including a special Masters Award to the top female and male racers age 40+; door prizes will also be provided.  Additionally, one traveling trophy is awarded to the team with the most participants and a second traveling trophy is awarded to the team or organization raising or contributing the most money.  Heartland Tack Club with 27 participants won most participants trophy last year.  The largest contributors were from Thrivent and The Classic Shop of Higginscille, each contributing $1,000.  Both organizations were listed on the second traveling trophy for 2011.

Sponsors of the race who contribute at least $250 will have their name on the back of the t-shirt given to race participants who pre-register.  The deadline for having a sponsor’s name on the shirt is May 25th.

Proceeds from the race will be used to help build the next home in Lafayette County.  A partner has been chosen to work with Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity.  The family invests 200 hours of their time to help build the home and then makes interest-free mortgage payments to Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity to become owners of the help they helped to build.

Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to build houses with low-income families.  In April, Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity broke ground for the 13th home which will be built in Higginsville.

To register for the race or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact any of the race planning committee: Don Smith, Charley Hare, Dan Allred, Martha Hawthorne, Amanda Hoeppner, Elaine Hudson, Kim Bertz, Don Smith, Debbie Krieger, and Juanita Wright.  Or call the Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity Office at 660-259-2648 or email [email protected]  Or you can find registration forms at www.trinityucclexington.org.