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Saturday 5K to Support College and Career Readiness Program

Parks Dept.

Oct. 11, 2018 By Tara Law

About 300 runners, walkers and stroller-pushers will dash through Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday to support a nonprofit’s college and career readiness program.

The 5th Annual Global Kids 5K Run/ Walk/Push will be hosted by Global Kids, a New York City and Washington, D.C. based nonprofit which runs leadership and educational programming for underserved youth. The nonprofit aims to raise money for its Global Kids’ College and Career Readiness Program, which provides one-on-one support for students preparing to finish high school.

The runners, walkers and stroller pushers will gather in the park across from the entrance to the Queens Museum. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 10:30 a.m.

The run will take participants past the Unisphere, Westinghouse Time Capsules, and other landmarks in the park, according to Global Kids. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest runners and jogging strollers, as well as the top fundraisers.

All proceeds from the race will go towards the Global Kids’ College and Career Readiness Program, the nonprofit said in a statement.

The majority of the students in the program attend schools with graduation and college enrollment rates below the New York City average, according to Global Kids. 

The program provides students with various opportunities, including college tours with overnight trips; help with college; scholarship and financial aid applications; career day events; internship opportunities and job training. The program also funds scholarships for students. 

Last year, 99 percent of high school seniors enrolled in the program graduated from high school and 93 percent of the graduates “are going to college,” the nonprofit said.

Registration is required for participation and costs $35.

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