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Frozen 5K for Haiti deadlines approach

Applications are now being accepted for participants and sponsors of the fifth annual Frozen 5K for Haiti and 1-mile walk, which starts and ends at Signal Mountain Bible Church Saturday, Feb. 2.

The deadline for sponsors to turn in logos and donations is Monday, Jan. 21, though race participants can pre-register through Thursday, Jan. 24 and late register the day of the race. Registration that day will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m.

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Funds raised through registration fees for the fifth annual Frozen 5K for Haiti go toward mission work in the island country, including medical clinics as well as a youth conference during Haitian Carnival.

The fee for individuals participating in the event is $15 for those who pre-register or $20 the day of the race. Pre-registration forms must be postmarked by Jan. 21. Race T-shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered participants, said event organizer Tracy Gartman, whose daughter Johanna, now away at college, started the race five years ago.

“It’s fun, you get to be around other people and you get to run,” he said as to why he thinks people should participate. “Not only do you get to run, but you’re also running for a purpose. Every dollar from registration [fees] goes to Haiti.”

A drawing will be held the day of the race in which five participants will receive a new iPod Shuffle, said Gartman.

Funds raised through the race support mission work in Haiti through AMG (Advancing Ministries through the Gospel) International, an evangelical missionary agency that ministers to needy people in more than 30 countries throughout the world.

AMG uses the funds to purchase medical supplies for clinics held by the agency in Haiti, as well as to hold a youth conference in Haiti during Haitian Carnival, a several-week celebration leading up to Mardi Gras.

“There’s a lot of drunkenness, so they hold a youth conference during that time to give kids an alternative,” said Gartman, adding that the conference touches on a wide range of topics from how to treat one’s wife to how to get clean water.

Last year’s race raised about $7,000 for the cause.

“We saw how beneficial it’s been,” said Gartman, whose church (Signal Mountain Bible) has been involved in Haitian mission work for the past eight years and whose family has been traveling to the country for summer mission trips for the past five. “It makes it a little personal when you know the people you’re helping.”

Business sponsors contributing donations that exceed $100 will have their logo included on the race T-shirt, with the size of the logo corresponding with the donation amount.

Email Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com

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