On Friday night, runners will take to the streets of Tooele City with glowsticks for a 5K race to benefit the Tooele County Children’s Justice Center.
The Lighting Up Lives 5K is the brainchild of Kayce and Anisha McKendrick, seniors at Tooele High School.
“We had heard from a newspaper article that the Children’s Justice Center needed some repairs and it would be quite a bit of money,” said Kayce McKendrick, 17.
The night run with glowsticks is designed to represent the hope that the children’s justice center represents to children who are the victims of abuse, said Anisha McKendrick, 15.
The justice center house at 25 S. 100 East is suffering from significant disrepair and damage caused by flooding, rot and deferred maintenance. In a July interview, Tenille Tingey, treasurer of the Friends of the Tooele County Justice Center, said repairs this year could cost upwards of $70,000.
The center’s capital improvement campaign to fully repair the center’s house will likely span three to five years, Tingey said.
All proceeds from the race on Sept. 11 will benefit the Tooele County Children’s Justice Center. The charity run will also serve as a joint Eagle Scout and community service project for the McKendricks.
Participants can register at Elton Park starting at 7:15 p.m. the day of the race. From there, runners will be taken by shuttle to the start at 8:30 p.m. at the Tooele Gun Club.
The race is point-to-point, so after being shuttled to the start, runners will finish at Elton Park where their cars will be waiting.
Entry to the race is $20 for single runners, $75 for teams of up to five runners and $50 for immediate families. Prizes donated by local businesses will be given to top competitors in the team and individual categories.