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Rochester students organizing color run to support the Ronald McDonald House

Rochester students organizing color run to support the Ronald McDonald House

Students at three local high schools are coming together to host a color run in support of the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester.

The first-ever "Run for Ronald" is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 at Soldiers Field Park. Funds raised from the event will go toward the expansion of the local Ronald McDonald House. The $16.5 million project, which will add 30 new rooms to the building, is set to break ground this week.

“I started this race to give back to the community, specifically the children who are put through so much," said organizer Michelle Mai, a Century High School student who volunteers at Mayo Clinic. “Even a small act of kindness can place a smile on [children’s] faces. I wanted to do something similar to that, and the Run for Ronald 5K was the perfect opportunity to do so.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester provides temporary housing and support services to families seeking medical care for their children. 

Here are the details of the event, courtesy organizers:

The 5K is a color run, meaning that throughout the race colored powder will be thrown on participants. Everyone is invited, runners and walkers. People can pre-register online (runforronald.com), or they can sign up on the day of the event. Everyone must arrive at the race between 8 and 9 a.m. in order to pay the $25 registration fee. Participants will receive a free t-shirt if they pre-register. There will also be a photo booth at the end of the 5K. 

You can follow along via Facebook  and Instagram.

Cover photo: Creative Commons

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