By Lisa Gauthier Mitchison
The Carmel 5K for Haiti will be July 27. All proceeds will benefit the Haiti Ministry of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with most of its citizens living with no electricity and running water. Farming is challenging in the rocky terrain, and droughts are common. Many people are illiterate. The infant mortality rate is the highest in the hemisphere, as is the adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate at 5.6 percent.
Check in for the race begins at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. The route begins and ends at St. Elizabeth Seton, 10655 Haverstick Rd. Parking is available in the church parking lot on the west side. Walkers, joggers and those pushing strollers are welcome to participate. Pets, however, may not accompany their owners. Volunteers to help with race activities are encouraged, and T-shirts will be provided to all participants.
Following the awards for the 5K, a Kids Fun Run begins at 9:15 a.m. It is for ages 3 to 12 and is free. The shortened course is 100 to 200 meters and groups will be divided by age. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the race.
Registration for 5K individuals or team members is $25 through July 20. Late registration is $30. Register five to 10 family members in one transaction for $20 each. The 1-Mile Wellness Walk is $15. Pre-registration is available at carmel5kforhaiti.com or sign up on race day.