QUINCY -- Meals Plus for Seniors hopes its new 5k Run-Walk-Ride takes off and becomes an annual race.
For 15 years, Meals on Wheels programs across the country have used March as an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the program. This year will mark the first time Meals Plus is participating in March For Wheels.
"We did some brainstorming about how we could get involved and came up with the 5k," said Bill Stehl, Meals Plus director. "All proceeds will stay local to help with seniors in West Central Illinois."
The nutritional and social aspects of Meals Plus, Stehl said, are plentiful, but the biggest benefit is "it helps seniors in this community stay longer in their own homes." Meals Plus provides more than 1,800 healthy meals to residents each week.
The race will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, beginning at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. Participants will follow a 3.1 mile path that follows York east to 18th and returns west along Jersey.
"Because the organization does deal with seniors and older people, there will be a one-mile walk along the same path," Stehl said. "You can also ride it."
There is a $25 fee to participate. A virtual option is also available for those who cannot attend.
"I was overwhelmed with the number of community sponsors that came through for us," Stehl said.
Pre-registration is preferred. While same-day registration will be available at 8 a.m., Stehl said, a souvenir T-shirt cannot be guaranteed for those registering the day of the race. Registration is being offered at the information and assistance office at the senior center.
For more information call 223-7904.