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8th Annual 5K Love Run for the Ridge

Richard and HeartbeatSunday, November 3rd…. To some, it is another ordinary Sunday; however, to the residents and community members affiliated with Peppermint Ridge, an organization that provides residential and support services to men and women with developmental disabilities, it’s a day that celebrates remarkable progress and future possibilities.

That day marks Peppermint Ridge’s “8th Annual 5K Love Run for the Ridge”.  Proceeds allow The Ridge to provide quality care to the 100 residents that live in the 11 Ridge homes throughout the Circle City.  This year, the event will be a timed 5K with medals awarded to males and females in various age divisions.  All participants will get a Tek tee shirt.

Kenny B. came to The Ridge as a child back in the 70’s.  Now an adult, he loves earning a paycheck at Carl’s Jr. making sure the lobby and play area are ready for patrons.  He loves to be at a party, at a dance, or at any amusement park.

Peppermint Ridge was founded in 1959 by Bob and Mary Jeffery for children with developmental disabilities.  As the children grew, licenses were changed to accommodate accordingly. Today, The Ridge provides a continuum of care to men and women 18 and older, so that each resident can be as independent as possible.   Every person living in a Ridge home has a developmental disability (e.g. Downs Syndrome, autism, mental retardation) and many have physical challenges as well. This community gives residents the opportunity to be among peers and make friends.  They are accepted as they are and The Ridge becomes their home. The average tenure of a resident is 17 years.

The Love Run raises money so that Ridgers can have a quality of life similar to other Corona residents.  It takes place on Sunday November 3rd at Butterfield Park in Corona. Registration begins at 6AM and the 5K run begins at 7:30AM. Early registration is $35 for people over 12, $40 on race day.  Participants 12 and under are invited to register for $25.  Registration fees will be waived for any participant who raises $50 or more.

Event chairman, David Waltemeyer, adds, “This is a fun event for our community and supports people who are often overlooked. I invite everyone to come out and show their love and support for the Ridgers!”

To help provide for the care of the Ridgers, anyone can sign up or donate money at RidgeLoveRun.org.

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