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ACESF to hold 5K at Sportplex

Published 11:03am Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Department of Corrections is hosting a 5K run at the Sportplex this Saturday.
Proceeds from the run will benefit the Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund (ACESF).
“The ACESF helps to support employees who suffer disasters, such as their house burning down, or if they become ill,” said event co-organizer Carrisa Adams. “Most of the funds are raised by the officers themselves.”
The fund was started in 2004 after tornadoes affected correctional officers in the Mobile area.
“Since then, the ACESF has raised over $100,000 for employees in need,” Adams said. “We also fund scholarships for the officers’ extended family.”
The run is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m., and locals are encouraged to attend.
“It’s for a great cause and we’d love for the public to come out and support it,” Adams said. “We chose to hold the event in Alexander City because it’s a very centralized location in relation to our various facilities. Additionally, it’s a beautiful place.”
A picnic will follow the 5K.
“If walk-ups want to register on the day of the event, that’s fine,” Adams said.
She added walk-ups should arrive at the Sportplex by 6 a.m. to register.
Cost to participate is $20. For those under the age of 18, the price is $15.
“Every penny will go to the Support Fund,” Adams said. “We have sponsors to cover the event’s expenses so we are able to put everything towards the ACESF.”
Awards will be handed out to the top three finishers in each division. Adams said there will be male and female running groups, and within those divisions, runners will be grouped by age at five-year intervals.
“For example, we’ll have first, second and third-place awards for the 20-25 yearolds, and then we’ll have awards for the 26-30 year olds,” she said.
If you are interested in participating, you can register at active.com, or contact Adams at (334) 419-6702 for more information.

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