Helen Keller Run/Walk 5K a success


By Robert Money - rmoney@thestokesnews.com



People from across the state registered for the Helen Keller 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at Central Park in King.


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A group from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem participated in the Helen Keller 5K in King on Saturday.


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King City Mayor Jack Warren presented Bud Cayton with a $1,500 check from the King Lion’s Club.


Robert Money | The Stokes News

Runners and walkers from across the southeast begin the Helen Keller 5K at Central Park in King.


Robert Money | The Stokes News

More than 150 walkers and runners participated in the Helen Keller 5K on Saturday.


Robert Money | The Stokes News

Sanjay Gandhi and his son Drew walk in the Helen Keller 5K on Saturday in King.


Robert Money | The Stokes News

The North Carolina Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA), a partner with the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), chose to host the Helen Keller Southeast Run/Walk 5K for the second year in a row at Central Park in King on Saturday.

“We love this community and environment it gives our walkers and runners,” said event coordinator Bud Cayton. “Last year when looking for a place to come we wanted to find somewhere safe. We looked at big cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, but this is a fundraiser and we wanted to go to a place that would be more economical and give us the opportunity to raise as much money as we can to give back. King, North Carolina does that for us.”

Last year the event drew in more than $10,000 and 101 participants came out in support. This year the goal was to raise $12,000 and add more runners.

“The hope is after we get done assessing everything, we’ll have exceeded our goal,” Cayton said. “We had 122 online registrations and about 30 more walk-ups today. That was good to see on a rainy day that could have kept people away.”

Before the race began, King City Major Jack Warren addressed participants and presented Cayton with a check for $1,500 from the King Lion’s Club.

“I’ve been with the Lion’s Club for 27 years,” Warren said. “This event falls right in line with what we are about. We want to give back to our communities. We are honored that Bud and the NCDBA chose our city to host their event. We thought it was a great success last year and look forward to our partnership and hosting them in 2018.”

According to HKNC Executive Director Sue Ruzenski, an estimated 2.4 million people in the United States live with combined vision and hearing loss.

“An event like the 5K Helen’s Run/Walk is a fun yet important way to raise funds to expand and enhance services with the deaf-blind community,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to spend the morning running or walking with friends, family, and co-workers for a good cause.”

Robert Money can be reached 336-749-1193.

People from across the state registered for the Helen Keller 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at Central Park in King.
http://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2017-Helen-Keller-Run-1.jpgPeople from across the state registered for the Helen Keller 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at Central Park in King. Robert Money | The Stokes News

A group from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem participated in the Helen Keller 5K in King on Saturday.
http://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2017-Helen-Keller-Run-2-Salem-Academy.jpgA group from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem participated in the Helen Keller 5K in King on Saturday. Robert Money | The Stokes News

King City Mayor Jack Warren presented Bud Cayton with a $1,500 check from the King Lion’s Club.
http://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2017-Helen-Keller-Run-3-Jack-Warren.jpgKing City Mayor Jack Warren presented Bud Cayton with a $1,500 check from the King Lion’s Club. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Runners and walkers from across the southeast begin the Helen Keller 5K at Central Park in King.
http://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2017-Helen-Keller-Run-4-Start-of-race.jpgRunners and walkers from across the southeast begin the Helen Keller 5K at Central Park in King. Robert Money | The Stokes News

More than 150 walkers and runners participated in the Helen Keller 5K on Saturday.
http://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2017-Helen-Keller-Run-5-Start-of-race.jpgMore than 150 walkers and runners participated in the Helen Keller 5K on Saturday. Robert Money | The Stokes News

Sanjay Gandhi and his son Drew walk in the Helen Keller 5K on Saturday in King.
http://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2017-Helen-Keller-Run-6-.jpgSanjay Gandhi and his son Drew walk in the Helen Keller 5K on Saturday in King. Robert Money | The Stokes News

By Robert Money

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