Kornerstone to host 5K Run/Walk

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Organization helps teen parents in Barry County

Kornerstone Inc. will be hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk Saturday at the Cassville Aquatic Park at 9 a.m., with proceeds benefitting its teen parent program.

A non-profit, community-driven organization, Kornerstone provides comprehensive services to teen mothers in Barry County.

"We serve pregnant and expectant teens," said Marlene Whitham, executive director for Kornerstone. "Our purpose is to advocate for these young ladies and provide services from transportation to prenatal care, doula services, advocacy support and personal visits that include education about a healthy pregnancy.

"Our goal is to have the teens delivery a healthy, normal-birth-weight-baby. We are funded by Children's Trust Fund, so we provide a lot of education such as appropriate developmental skills, breastfeeding education, labor and and delivery, postpartum care and infant massage."

Expectant fathers are also included.

"We have a fatherhood initiative, and our goal is a healthy baby, but also to help them get established as a family unit to give them all the tools they need to be a family," Whitham said.

Registration for the event is $25. Participants can purchase T-shirts at the event for $10. Deadline to register is 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Sponsorship forms are available for those who want to compete for most dollars raised through sponsorships. Friends and family can help support participants. The participant with the largest amount raised will win $50. All sponsorship forms and money must be turned in the morning of the race to be eligible.

The top three male and female finishers in each category will receive first-, second- and third-place medals. Top male and female winners will receive first-place trophies. Categories, according to age, include: 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and up.

Ozark Racing Systems will provide official timing of the event.

Participants can pick up registration forms at Arvest Bank, Cassville Chamber of Commerce, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, Monett and Cassville YMCA, Fox Fitness Shell Knob, or online at: www.kornerstoneinc.org. Forms and the fee may be mailed to Kornerstone, P.O. Box 396, Shell Knob, MO 65747.

Family members of all ages are welcome.

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