Those who take part in the Sept. 23 Panerathon 5K won’t just be exercising.
Participants will be raising money to feed families.
Proceeds from the fifth annual walk and run event will go to the Shared Harvest Foodbank in Fairfield and the Mason Food Pantry.
“Everyone knows someone – family, friends, neighbors – affected by our struggling economy,” said Tina Osso, Shared Harvest’s executive director. “Every dollar raised in the Panerathon will help us provide eight meals for families in need right here at home.”
The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Deerfield Towne Center Panera Bread, 5095 Deerfield Blvd. It will be followed at 10 a.m. by a free Kids Fun Run for children ages 10 and younger.
The cost is $30 for adults ages 18-59 and $25 for children ages 11-18, adults ages 60 and older, and members of the military. There is a $5 discount for those who register by Sept. 20.
Participants receive an event t-shirt, timing chip and good bag on race day. Panera gift cards and Sketchers athletic shoes are presented to the top men and women finishers. Kids Fun Run participants receive race bibs and medals.
Race packets can be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 at Panera Bread, or beginning at 7:30 a.m. race day.
Following the race, participants will munch on bagels, pastries and sandwiches from Panera Bread. There will also be on-site entertainment provided by Q-102 as well as activities for children and families.
“Panera Bread is committed to supporting our local communities and the fight against hunger,’’ said Craig Flom, president of Breads of the World LLC, franchise of Panera Bread.
Registration forms are available at the store or participants can register online or download forms at www.panerathon.com