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Walk/run at Staples to benefit veteran services

The Staples Campus Student Senate of Central Lakes College is sponsoring the Tour de Staples 5-kilometer Walk/Freedom Run on May 5 to benefit the CLC Veterans Resource Center.

The 5km (3.1-mile) race for runners starts at 10:30 a.m., with the non-competitive walk beginning moments later. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. for those not signing up in advance through the Staples Campus CLC Bookstore.

Entry fees are $15 in advance, $20 day of event, for individual adults, $25/$30 for teams of three to six people, and free to ages 11-under. All participants receive 5K Walk/Run T-shirts and refreshments before and/or after the event. Award recognition is presented to the top individual and team finishers.

A shuttle will transport participants from the Staples campus registration and finish line to the Vintage at Staples golf course for the start. Volunteers, including the Staples Color Guard and members of the CLC Student Veterans Club, will assist student senators in traffic control and providing power bars and energy drinks.

“The scenic route is one most people enjoy,” CLC director of student life Erich Heppner said in a news release. “It winds around the Crow Wing River on some gravel and mostly blacktop. Some enjoy walking their dogs. Others get a really good work-out with the run.

“It all is for a good cause. Our Veterans Resource Center continues to develop as a campus place for student veterans. The community veterans at this event will also be on hand to accept donations for Staples All Veterans Park.”

The event will be conducted rain or shine.

Participants may register and make payment at

Otherwise, make checks payable to Central Lakes College, and deliver to the CLC Bookstore, Staples campus, 1830 Airport Rd., Staples, Minn., 56479.

For information contact Heppner at or (218) 855-8260.

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