Welcoming the Stranger – 5K Family Fun Run

The St. Vincent Catholic Charities Welcoming the Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run is the kickoff event for Lansing’s World Refugee Awareness Week! The week will be celebrated June 17th – June 24th.

A refugee is a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country”

-United Nations Convention relating to the Rights of Refugees of 1951

The objective of this event is to raise awareness and collect diapers to support the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services program. This program provides safe and furnished housing to newly arriving refugees. In 2016, STVCC resettled 908 refugees in the greater Lansing area. Our agency relies heavily on donations to guarantee each family has everything they need to start their new life in Lansing.

St. Vincent Catholic Charities will be collecting diapers of any size at the Welcoming the Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run. The items will go towards newly arrived refugee families and their young children.

Any and all are welcome to participate, come out and support refugees in our community!

The Welcoming the Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run sponsored by Meijer is hosted by St. Vincent Catholic Charities

Event Location:
Hawk Island Park – 1601 E. Cavanaugh St., Lansing, MI 48910
$3.00 parking fee to park at Hawk Island

Event Times:
Packet Pickup/ Registration: 7:30 am

Race Time:
9:00 am

Entry Fees and Giveaway:
FREE – Race registrants will receive a water bottle! (Water bottle guaranteed to pre-registered entrants only.)

An award will be given to the overall winner and the top two runners in each age group.

Age Groups:
12 & Under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+

Register Online:

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