MARLBOROUGH – Apex Entertainment will hold its second annual charity 5K on Sept. 17 with proceeds going toward the New England Center for Children (NECC) and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Director of Field and Partner Marketing for RAVentures Rob Luzzi said Apex worked with the two organizations throughout the year, and the 5K is culmination of their work.
NECC, which is located in Southborough, provides comprehensive services to children with autism and trains professionals to work in this field. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman and based in Ashford, Conn., offers a camp experience to children who are seriously ill.
Apex had held the charity run last year, and Luzzi said that it was extremely successful.
“Everything this year is an exact replica of what we did last year,” Luzzi said. “It was successful enough where we want to basically do it again and have this continue to be a yearly event.”
Last year, Luzzi said that 100 runners participated in the 5K.
“Our goal is to just keep growing the number of runners,” Luzzi said. “The more runners we get, the more participation we get, the more there is to donate to two deserving charities.”
Last year, Luzzi said that they were able to give each charity $5,000.
How to register
People interested in running the 5K can register at apex5k.com. Participants can also register on the day of the race for $50.
Registration will also include access to the race’s afterparty, where Luzzi said they will be able to enjoy food and Apex’s attractions.
“We have pizza and all sorts of different options for runners and their families after the race,” Luzzi said.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. on Apex Drive, and attendees are expected to arrive between 8 and 9 a.m. The race starts and ends at Apex and goes through the surrounding area.
In addition to the 5K, Luzzi said Apex works with groups like NECC in other ways, such as through a partnership with radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub, where Apex donates $50 for each field goal that the New England Patriots kick.
“Our whole goal is to just have this become a stronger and stronger event, year after year,” Luzzi said.
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