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FCCAA begins planning for 20th annual Boston Beanery 5K fundraiser

| Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc. recently began planning its 20th annual St. Patrick's Day weekend of events, which has become a local tradition.

The events scheduled for the March 17-18 weekend include the Upper Room St. Patrick's Day Stride with Pride, the Sprowls Insurance Group 5Y Diaper Derby and the Boston Beanery St. Patrick's Day 5K Run/Walk.

The weekend will kick off on March 17 when FCCAA will host the Upper Room St. Patrick's Day Stride with Pride, a noncompetitive mall walk. Registration will take place from 7 to 7:45 a.m. and the event will begin at 8 a.m. at Uniontown Mall's JC Penney Court.

The first 50 pre-registered individuals will receive a commemorative short-sleeved T-shirt. Participants will have one hour to walk as many laps as possible around the inside perimeter of the Uniontown Mall. For each lap walked, the participants will receive tickets that can be used for prize drawings.

Because the event is noncompetitive, walkers of every fitness level are encouraged to participate. The registration fee is $15. All proceeds from this event will benefit senior citizens served by FCCAA.

Following the Stride with Pride, the Fayette County Nurse-Family Partnership will hold the annual Sprowls Insurance Group 5Y Diaper Derby.

The event starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. March 17, followed by the race at 11 a.m. at Dunham's Center Court. The first 50 pre-registered babies and toddlers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

The diaper derby is a fun-filled competition for crawling babies and toddlers up to 36 months old. Crawlers will crawl five yards from one cheering "coach" to another cheering "coach." Walkers will walk five yards from one cheering "coach" to another "cheering" coach.

The registration fee is $12. All participants will be eligible to win a United States Savings Bond. All proceeds from the diaper derby will benefit the families served by the Fayette County Nurse-Family Partnership.

FCCAA is honored once again to host the annual Boston Beanery St. Patrick's Day 5K Run/Walk on March 18.

Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. (JC Penney Court) followed by the event at 9 a.m. The first 250 participants to register will receive an official 2012 Boston Beanery St. Patrick's Day 5K Run/Walk commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt.

The registration fee is $20 before March 5 and $25 beginning March 6. All proceeds will benefit Fayette County families in crisis served by FCCAA.

For more information about these events, call Cindy Ekas-Brown, event organizer, at 724-437-6050, ext. 4276 or email her at

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