By Kathleen Devaney
The sixth annual Carmel 5k for Haiti will be at 8 a.m. on Aug. 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
Some of the proceeds from the race will go to the non-for-profit organization Gift of Water. This organization provides clean drinking water to the people of Haiti by creating cheap water filtration systems using two buckets with simple filters and the addition of chlorine tablets.
“People in Haiti are afraid to drink water because of illness,” said the Race Director, Jeff Hess. “This system can take muddy, dirty water and filter it to be good clean drinking water.”
The rest of the proceeds from the race are used during the church mission trips to Haiti. Sometimes the funds are used to buy simple medical supplies like Band-Aids, Neosporin, or ibuprofen.
“Whether someone is religious or not religious, the good thing about this race, is that all the money goes directly to Haiti and affects the people,” Hess said.
For hardcore runners, chip timing is going to be provided by End:Result. An electronic chip is tied to the runners’ shoelaces and their running time is recorded from the time they cross the starting mat to when they run across the finish line. In addition, as of last year, the course was certified as being exactly five kilometers in length. One of the sponsors, Blue Mile, donated gift certificates for the top female and male finishers. There also will be plaque winners for the team with the most members and for the team with the most spirit.
Hess, a runner for 13 years, found himself wanting to reach out to Haiti after he heard someone speak about the third-world country at his church around eight years ago.
“I took my passion for running and desire to help Haiti to create the 5k,” he said.
In addition to being a busy father of four, Hess is directing the 5k for his sixth year.
“Whether you’re a runner wanting to get a personal record for your time, or you want to support Haiti, this race speaks to people of all interests,” Hess said.
Registration fees for the race, which is expected to have between 600 and 700 people in attendance, is $20 per person before July 26 and $22 per person until the day of the race.
For further information regarding the race, check online at www.Carmel5kforHaiti.org or call Jeff Hess at 250-9639.