Runners and walkers are encouraged to sign up for the first-ever Run Through Time 5K on Saturday, July 14.


“We are just looking for everyone to have a great time no matter your age and no matter your ability,” said Mollie Clark, Director of Marketing for Perry Lutheran Homes.


PLH is sponsoring the Run Through Time 5K as a way to kick-start the new StepUp campaign.


“The whole purpose of the event is to raise awareness for the needs of the elderly in Perry and beyond,” Clark said.


Weekly challenges for the StepUp campaign have been posted on the PLH Facebook page and Run Through Time website. Those challenges ask area residents, Clark said, to step up and be aware of the needs of the elderly in the area.


The 5K event has a $40 registration fee for every participant. Those six and under are free.


Clark said the money raised through the event will go toward PLH residents who can’t afford basic necessities. Funds will also be used for elderly in Perry who can’t afford meals or who aren’t able to drive.


“That’s where the Home Delivered Meals of Adel comes in. They deliver to close to 40 residents in Perry each day so they depend on those meals,” Clark said.


Registration will be open through the day of the 5K. Registration and check-in will be at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. The race will start at 9 a.m. The start and stop location will be the Spring Valley campus of PLH at 501 12th St.


A pre-race Zumba class will be held around 8:45 a.m., Clark said, to get everyone motivated before the race.


Music will be provided at the start and stop location by Pat Graney, of Graney Entertainment. Volunteers will also be providing music at the various stations. The race will start with today’s music and go back to the 1930s.


Runners will run back in time to the turn-around point and then run through time on the way back.


Family activities, including face painting, water balloons, photo booth, bake sale and more, will be available at the start and stop location from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


An All-Ability Decade Dash will be held at 10:30 a.m. Young kids, those with disabilities or or those who aren’t able to run or walk the full 5K are encouraged to participate in the Decade Dash. The dash, Clark said, is free and prizes will be handed out.


Clark also encourages more runners and walkers to sign up for the 5K. She hopes to see many of the participants in costume the day of the event.


“I hope everybody will dress up in their favorite decade, as their favorite singer, as their favorite band. I’m just looking forward to a fun morning,” she said.


To register and for more information, visit http://www.runthroughtime.run/.