Support ‘Rogers Scholars’ through 5K glow run/walk

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The Center for Rural Development is hosting the third annual Rogers Scholars 5K Glow Run/Walk to support and raise funds for the youth leadership program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The family-friendly event will be held on Oct. 30, from 7-9 p.m. at The Center in Somerset. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels.

“The Rogers Scholars program is a phenomenal experience for young people across the region, and we depend on fundraisers, like our glow run, to keep the program going each year,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator at The Center. “Attendance has increased each year for this fundraising event, and we expect this year to be no different. All are more than welcome to participate.”

Participants are encouraged to wear bright colors and glow accessories. Glow sticks, neon bracelets, necklaces and neon tights are all welcome, as well as Halloween costumes.

A costume contest will be held prior to the start of the race. Runners and walkers are not required to participate, but you must be a registered race participant to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the costume contest.

To register for the Rogers Scholars 5K Glow Run/Walk, visit Online registration will close at midnight on Oct. 26. Registration will be available onsite, starting at 5:30 p.m., on race day.

The top overall male and female finisher will each receive a $100 cash prize. Medals will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Winners will be announced at an awards program immediately following the conclusion of the race.

All proceeds will benefit the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program. Rogers Scholars is an intensive week-long leadership and entrepreneurial program for rising high school juniors in The Center’s 45-county primary service area. Seventeen colleges and universities partner with The Center to offer exclusive college scholarship opportunities to Rogers Scholars graduates. The program is tuition-free and provided free of charge to students.

For more information on the Rogers Scholars 5K Glow Run/Walk or available opportunities to apply for the 2016 Rogers Scholars program, visit or call youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000.

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