Organizers of the Tri-County Community Senior Center’s second annual 5K Run, Waddle and Roll are stepping up their efforts to attract participants and sponsors.

The event will take place Saturday, April 19, at the senior center, beginning at 8 a.m.

Carol Barfield, senior center event chair, says 2013 was the first year for the walk/run and 90 people of all ages participated, which amazed organizers who dared not dream of such a large turnout.

“We had groups, co-workers, friends and families that participated last year and many said they were looking forward to the race again this year,” Barfield said. “We even had quite a few residents who stood outside and rooted the runners along the route.”

The 2013 event raised $2,000 for the senior center.

The race starts at the senior center and continues through town to the finish line at the senior center where participants will be treated to fruit, bagels and various drinks.

There also will be a one-mile walk for participants. An awards ceremony will follow in the senior center.

Those who want to participate are urged to preregister, which can be done at the senior center, calling 636-257-6264, or visiting  (go to the race calendar).

The cost to participate is $25 for adults, and $20 for youth under 18. All pre-registered participants will receive a race T-shirt.

Need Sponsors

The event is a fund-raiser for the senior center, which is asking local citizens and businesses to sponsor the event with donations, prizes with a company name or logo, or a contest/raffle under a company’s name.

Sponsors will be recognized on signs, shirts and vendor booths during the event.

Jean Guffey, senior center administrator, said people are living longer and the Tri-County Community Senior Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality recreational, social and supportive services to mature adults.

“With events like the 5K, the Tri-County Senior Center will be recognized as a model center for excellence in the delivery of services to mature adults and will be ever committed to meeting the needs of those it serves,” Guffey said.

For more information about sponsoring the event, call 636-257-6264.