"With the tremendous support of the city and our event sponsors, we are able to meet a critical need to serve families who otherwise may not be able to access needed therapy for their child," Martin said.
Castleberry said $20,000 was raised last year through a combination of corporate sponsorships and registration fees for the race. This year they hope to raise between $23,000 and $25,000.
The race will be bookmarked by performances from The Recipe and The Boatman as part of this week's Live on the Levee concert, which starts at 6 p.m.
The race's course will be flat and straight down the river side of the Kanawha Boulevard toward the Capitol. During the event, one lane of the Boulevard will be closed.
During Live on the Levee, the city will offer jump rope and hula-hoop contests and chalk drawing for children. There will also be vendors on hand to sell festival foods such as funnel cake and cotton candy. The Childhood Language Center will give away free snow cones at their information booth.
Free refreshments also will be provided for participants, and prizes will be given out after the race.
Registration for the race is $25. Participants can register online or in person on the day of the event.
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