Wellington Rotary To Host Race For The Red & Blue First Responders 5K

The Rotary Club of Wellington invites the community to the inaugural Race for the Red & Blue First Responders 5K Run/Walk, formerly called the Jeff Annas Memorial 5K.

The race will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 with a start time of 7:30 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater on Forest Hill Blvd.

Every year near 9/11, there are races across America to pay tribute to first responders. The Race for the Red & Blue First Responders 5K supports and honors Palm Beach County fire-rescue and law enforcement charities.

The event is a family-friendly walk/run for all ages. Proceeds benefit Palm Beach County first responders and charities of the Wellington Rotary Club. All are welcome to participate either as a walker, runner or volunteer.

Shirts and medals will be provided for all participants, and 110 winners/place trophies will be awarded. The “kids corral” opens at 6:30 a.m. in the Wellington Community Center for parents in need of childcare during the event. Kids will enjoy games, activities and videos. Kid-friendly food and beverages will be served.

Event sponsors include: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Winter Equestrian Festival/Bellissimo Family, Palms West Hospital, the South Florida Fair, the original Wellington Mall, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Medivalue, MedExpress, Oil Change Services, Florida Public Utilities, Premier Family Health, Caregiver Services, ESPN 106.3 FM, Florida Crystals, Retreat of the Palm Beaches, Grand Champions Polo Club/Ganzi Family, Jess Santamaria, the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Its main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world. The Rotary Club of Wellington, and its foundation develop and support community service projects that raise awareness, raise funds and inspire others to give back to the community.

For race and sponsorship information, visit www.wellington5k.com.