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The City of Charleston has scheduled its annual Celebrate Independence 5K for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the University of Charleston to benefit the Childhood Language Center, a free clinic for children.

Red, white and blue attire is encouraged, and the team with the most spirit—attire or costumes— will receive 20 tickets to West Virginia Power baseball.

Registration is $20 before June 25. For an online race registration visit Tristateracer.com. Race day registration is $25 and starts at 6 p.m. The first 175 walkers and runners to register are guaranteed a technical T-shirt.

The race benefits the Childhood Language Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit clinic providing free speech, language, feeding and swallowing therapy to developmentally delayed children in southern West Virginia.

“With the tremendous support of the City and event sponsors, we continue to meet a critical need for families who may not be able to access needed therapy for their child otherwise,” said Executive Director Holly Martin.

The race includes 5K run and 2-mile walk options on a flat, easy course. Prizes will be awarded following the race. Children’s activities will include jump ropes, hula-hoops and chalk drawing.

The race is made possible through the generosity of the City of Charleston, Tallman Track Club, BrickStreet Insurance, BB&T West Virginia Foundation and Columbia Pipeline Group.
 
Additional sponsors include Bricks Without Straw, Fahlgren Mortine, Fifth Third Bank, Graystone Consulting, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Suttle & Stalnaker, the West Virginia Power, and the West Virginia Society for Interventional Pain Physicians.

For more information, visit the Childhood Language Center on Facebook.