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Kids Place Holds Annual Benefit Race on Saturday
By Ashlyn Marcil, iBerkshires.com
11:48AM / Friday, April 06, 2018
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A color run is part of the annual fundraising race for Berkshire County Kids' Place. This year's event is set for April 7.


The 5K race to benefit Kids' Place begins at 10 a.m.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Kids' Place will hold its annual Champions Against Child Abuse 5k and 1 Mile Color Fun Run on Saturday, April 7.

The 5K race begins at 10 a.m. at the Kids' Place offices at 63 Wendell Ave. Registration for the 5K is $25 for adults and $20 for children 15 and under. The 1 Mile Color Fun Run kicks off at 11 a.m. Registration for that event is $20 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 5 and 15. Runners that want to participate in both events receive a $5 discount of both races combined ($40 for adults/$30 for children).

Laura Baran, the Development and Special Events coordinator for Berkshire County Kids' Place, said the event has evolved over the years.

"The 1-mile color run piece was added on to the 5k race put on 13 years ago," she said. "A lot of kids would come to watch the race and we added that component to expand the pool of participants."

A color run is where participants wear white t-shirts and are doused with color as they run through the course. The first year was the most successful, Baran said, though the weather in the past few years hasn't been as cooperative. Saturday's event will go on rain or shine - or snow. Baran said they typically have between 160 and 260 runners for the 5K and between 100 and 200 for the color run.

Organizers hope to raise $12,000 in this event. All of the proceeds go toward supporting the Berkshire County Kids' Place, an official children's advocacy center, which is a nationally accredited organization in helping children who have experienced abuse. The organization has helped over 400 children this past year, providing services like therapy, a simplified intake processes, a forensic interview, and more. The center offers their services to any child experiencing abuse from their Wendell Avenue offices.

The fundraising event is timed to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

"It's a fun event and is a great way for the community to get together," Baran said.

For more information, contact Berkshire County Kids' Place at 413-499-2800, ext. 114, or find Berkshire County Kids' Place on Facebook.

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