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Piersen Strong 5k & 1 mi

This weekend there is a benefit for 2 year old Piersen Eaker and his family.
An event happened when Piersen was at his babysitter's home on Valentine's Day of this year. He and his family have never returned home due to his medical condition, they have been in and out of hospitals. Currently, he is at the Rehabilitation Institute in Chicago.

It is a fund raising community event organized by neighbors and friends to help the Eaker Family with a lifetime of financial need they will have for their 2 year old son Piersen. It is a special community event since it will be incorporating a race, a children's play area, lunch by top local restaurants and music.
Even if folks aren't interested in racing we encourage them to come for lunch and bring their children to Play for Piersen.

On June 28th at the Eastern Illinois Stadium Tailgate Area, runners, walkers and community participants will gather early in the morning to kick things off. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:00am and the 1 mile shortly afterward. The race will be run by River City Management from Peoria and they will provide chip technology for real time results.
The route for the 5K and 1 Mile race is stroller friendly. After the race we will host a fun 50 yard dash for kids.
DJ Adam Drake will provide energy pumping music to get everyone ready then the award winning regional band BreakAway will provide live music throughout the morning.

Early on the committee, which is mostly made up of young mothers with children decided that this would be a family event and wanted to create a children's space. There will be multiple bouncy houses, face painting, a Charleston fire truck and Sarah Bush Lincoln's KickStart fun vehicle.

We are lucky that The Brick House, Dirty's, Freddy's, Stadium Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings have pulled their resources and will provide a picnic lunch @$5.00 per person.

Melissa and Tiffany Phillips are neighbors of the Eakers and organized a dozen of their neighbors and friends who have provided their help and expertise in creating this first time event. The event has the support of many local businesses and organizations. Major sponsors are: Unique Homes, Ronchetti Distributing Company, Pilson Auto Centers and Koerner Distributor, Inc.

People can sign up online at http://www.piersenstrong5k.com, or they can sign up on the 27th or on race day. 
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