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LPGA tournament opens 5k

May 1, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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LPGA tournament opens 5k
The Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament features a 5k run and walk during the week. Courtesy Meijer

A golf tournament has opened up registration for its 5k run and walk.

Meijer said this week that people can register for the second-annual Meijer LPGA Classic 5k, presented by Kellogg’s, online.

The event is on July 25.

“You don’t have to be a professional athlete to take part. Anyone can run a 5k,” said Dathan Ritzenhein, a Rockford native and professional long-distance runner who placed 7th in the 2015 Boston Marathon.

“The 5k is a great way to get the whole family involved in a healthy lifestyle.”

Race day

The race, which is “powered” by Gazelle Sports, starts at 8 a.m. at Rockford High School with a complimentary breakfast from Kellogg’s.

Each participant receives an event shirt and two daily tickets to the LGPA golf tournament that week at Blythfield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.

Cost and teams

The cost to participate in the 5k event is $15 for people ages 17 and under and $25 for those 18 and older.

The top three runners in each age group will receive Meijer gift cards valued at $500, $250 and $100.

A community challenge with teams competing against each other will be also held, with a $150 cost per team. Five media teams and 10 school teams will have their entry fee paid for by Meijer.

The winners of the community challenge will receive a $1,000 donation to Meijer Simply Give, the retailer's hunger-relief initiative, in their organization’s name. The top five runners in each team will be scored.

Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said the 5k is "another way" to get the community involved with the golf tournament and ultimately, "help increase awareness around hunger in the communities we serve."

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