Young Singers To Host 5K Feb. 6 At Okeeheelee Park

Who wouldn’t want to take a run or walk through the beautiful Okeeheelee Park and enjoy free pancakes when they’re done? The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ third annual 5K on Saturday, Feb. 6 will feature Boy Scout Troop 141 manning a 5-foot griddle, serving up pancakes to re-fuel runners and walkers. The public is invited to participate.

The 5K is named in memory of Mary Murray, and her children and grandchildren from Palm Beach County; Dallas and Waskom, Texas; Monroe, La.; South Bend, Ind.; and New York, N.Y., will all be there to honor her memory — along with about 350 local friends and family.

This year’s 5K event will feature, in addition to pancakes, pre-run snacks, a flag ceremony by the Boy Scouts, a pre-race warm-up by Jazzercise, a live emcee and live entertainment, including the talents of some of the Young Singers, a raffle and a medal awards ceremony. All who sign up to race will receive a free T-shirt and goody bag.

The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ annual 5K event benefits the Mary Murray Scholarship Fund, which was created to assist children who have an interest in singing and a desire to train and perform with the Young Singers but are unable to do so financially. Murray’s family formed the fund to honor her memory by helping others.

“When my mother was taken unexpectedly, it brought such sadness to our family,” said Melanee Blankstein, Mary Murray’s daughter and managing director at the Young Singers. “To celebrate her love for music and children, we felt that we could create joy by bringing families together for exercise and fun.”

Murray’s connection to the Young Singers began more than 10 years ago, when her grandsons, Drew and Tyler, became members of the choir. Murray’s attachment grew when her daughter, Blankstein, began working for the nonprofit organization eight years ago.

Online registration is now open at, and a family registration discount is available. For more information, call (561) 659-2332 or visit

ABOVE: Kids take part in last year’s run.