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REGISTRATION IN PROGRESS — Laura Rauch, left, executive director, and Tami Cashioli, director of finance, encourage participation in the second annual Suzanne Kresser 5K run/walk and yoga with a Kids 1K, a new element of the Fundraising September 24 fund will be held at Jim Wood Park in the West End of Steubenville. — Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE – United Way of Jefferson County officials are looking to build on the success of the first Suzanne Kresser Memorial 5K held in 2021, with this year’s event having an even more family appeal and an added element of participation and attractions .

Pre-registration is underway and encouraged for the second annual Suzanne Kresser Memorial 5K, to be held September 24 at Jim Wood Park in Steubenville’s West End.

Kresser, a Wintersville resident who was 51 when she died of brain cancer on June 23, 2021, was a United Way leader, supporter and community volunteer. She was executive director of the local United Way for seven years.

Participants can register now at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Steubenville/SuzanneKresserMemorial5krunwalk or the day of at 7:30 a.m.

Information is also available by calling the United Way office, located at 511 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, at (740) 284-9000.

The main 5k run/walk, rain or shine, starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 8:00 a.m. start time for a new United Way fundraising feature – a Kids event 1K, according to Laura Rauch, Executive Director of United Way, and Tami Cashioli, Chief Financial Officer of United Way.

“If you don’t want to run or walk, you can do yoga as an alternative to exercise again this year,” Rauch added an additional fundraising feature. Yoga will be provided by Empowered Yoga.

Entry fee is $25 for 5K or yoga session; $20 for a 5K student; and $5 for 1K kids. Pre-registration is encouraged not only to prepare for the fundraiser, but also to have T-shirts for participants. The entry deadline for Guaranteed T-shirts is September 17.

“However, they can still come the same day and register,” Rauch said, anticipating that additional T-shirts might be available.

In addition to Kids 1K, there will be a supervised Bounce House and two food vendors with Miss Brenda’s Cafe and Desperado Dogs.

Rauch said the supervised Bounce House will give parents the chance to run, walk or do yoga while their kids are busy.

It’s all part of an effort to make fundraising even more family-friendly, which United Way officials say would have been important to Kresser, who was a family-oriented person.

“We raised over $7,000 and had over 100 attendees,” Rauch said of the initial event held “to honor a strong and courageous woman who has always been invested in our community. To know Suzanne was to love her, and we hope you will consider running, walking, or simply joining us in her memory.

Proceeds benefit Centraide’s 2023 campaign and help fund 13 member agencies.

“We would love to see cross country teams, track and field teams, and anyone affiliated with a school athletic association come out and participate,” Rauch said.

Members of the Kresser family, including his parents, Frank and Linda Slowikowski, will be on hand in addition to Annie, Kresser’s beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

The Jefferson County Humane Society will be at the event and should have information about the nonprofit and some adoption opportunities, according to Rauch.

People not interested in running, walking or yoga can have a supportive presence in other ways, United Way officials say, as there will be a 50-50 draw and designs for various baskets of items.

“We want it to be bigger and better than last year, and we encourage everyone who loved and supported Suzanne to come out,” Cashioli commented.

Wolf Creek Track Club will provide timing.

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