CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Police are teaming up with the Ronald McDonald House to host a 5K run/walk to raise awareness and money for the charity service.
The McTrooper 5K Run/Walk was announced Thursday at the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.
The purpose of the run is to support and promote the Ronald McDonald House of Southern West Virginia's mission of providing a "home-away-from-home" for the families of seriously ill children, according to the event's website.
The Ronald McDonald House has provided that service locally since 1985. It provides low-cost lodging for children's families. It's a 10-bedroom house that also includes a sunroom, large family room, library, kitchen and indoor and outdoor play areas.
The police are pleased to be working with the charity in accomplishing their mission of offering a temporary home that could relieve the stress, financial hardship and loneliness that often comes along with having a child with a serious illness, Sgt. Michael Baylous said in a press release.
Money raised by the event will go to the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.
The event will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 12 behind Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital in Kanawha City. The tax-deductible registration fee is $25 until Oct. 5, when the fee increases to $30. Each registrant will receive a long sleeve T-shirt with the McTrooper Run logo.
For more information, visit www.mctrooperrun.com.