Canandaigua parish hosts 5K to raise funds for Kenya project

Jennifer Burke / Catholic Courier    |    07.30.2018
Category: Finger Lakes


The Fifth-Annual 5K for Kalama will be held Aug. 11 at Kershaw Park, located on Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.

Sponsored by St. Benedict Parish in Canandaigua and East Bloomfield, this race raises funds for the parish’s Kalama Project, which began in 2009. Since then the parish has funded the drilling of a borehole well in Kalama, Kenya. This well drastically changed the lives of Kalama’s women and children, who no longer need to walk two miles each way to fetch polluted water. The Kalama Project also has funded the construction of a medical clinic, scholarships for high-school and college students, and the construction of a school, to which one classroom is being added each year.

The 5K for Kalama will begin at 9 a.m., and much of the course will take runners along the shores of Canandaigua Lake. Early in the race participants will run down the length of Canandaigua City Pier before looping back around at the pier’s end, and runners also will circle Lagoon Park.

Preregistration for the 5K is $20 per person and ends Aug. 9. Race-day registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. and will cost $25 per person. Children 12 and under may register for free.

A one-mile fun run and walk will begin at 9:05 a.m. Preregistration for this event is $10 per person and ends Aug. 9.

To register, visit www.kalamaproject.com. To learn more, contact Erin Hanlon at 585-734-5371 or kalamaproj ect@gmail.com.

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