HERSEY – This Saturday, kids at Eagle Village will lace up their running shoes and prepare to run or walk alongside community members in Eagle Village’s first Victims2Victors Trail Run/Walk Benefit.

“We’re very excited,” said Lisa Spaugh, marketing coordinator at Eagle Village. “It sounds like we'll have a good turnout. In addition to our great community response, we also will have kidsrunning the 5K as well. They will be involved in some way, whether it’s actually running, helping with set-up or trail maintenance.”

Registration for the 5K is available online prior to the event or from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on July 19, with the run beginning at 9 a.m. on the Eagle Village campus, 17235 Adventure Road. Registration is $15 per person and $20 for those who register the day of the race. After the race, a picnic lunch will be available for an additional $7, along with a Matt Moore Band concert.

The 5K takes place as a part of several athletic events Eagle Village holds with its Victims2Victors program.

“Victims2Victors is an outreach we’ve been doing in the local community for some time now,” Spaugh said.

In the past, the program has held football games at several schools such as Ferris State University, Big Rapids High School and Chippewa Hills High School.

“Our outreach includes getting information out in the community concerning child abuse prevention,” Spaugh said. “We let the community know about resources for times when things happen, such as when a family faces behavioral challenges or in the cases of dysfunctional families."

Proceeds will go toward purchasing athletic equipment and supplies for the new Activity Therapy Center on Eagle Village’s campus.

“People get involved where their passions are,” Spaugh said. “Athletes, runners, people who love nature – running a 5K may speak to them more than our previous events. We haven’t had the opportunity until now to host a 5K, so we’re very excited.”

As the event gets closer, organizers anticipate a well-received event.

“The kids are the reason we’re doing this,” Spaugh said. “We like for them to be able to do fun things, and this is one of those opportunities.”

For more information or to register, visit eaglevillage.org.