The Chosen Valley Care Center will be hosting a 5K and one-mile run to raise funds to fulfill a wish list created by its resident council.

Race organizer Stacy Hrtanek explained Running for the Aging will be held on Saturday, June 21, and said the money raised will go toward offering residents more tech-based services and other items that will improve the living experience for the Chosen Valley Care Center residents.

"The resident council created a wish list, and the proceeds from the run go toward their wish list - we're doing a 5K and a one-mile run," she said. "We'd like to offer them more tech-based services, and one idea we got from them was that they'd like a new salad cart - they can build their own salads, but we only have one cart, so they want a second because often, there are people who get their salads first and the rest have to wait. We've also discussed getting a few tablets, seeing if we could put in free wireless Internet in the care center. It has to be something they can all agree on."

Hrtanek explained that CVCC is sponsoring a run as a way to raise money to purchase items on the residents' wish list.

"We were just looking for different fundraisers. We have our golf fundraiser, but I participate in 5Ks around the area, and they do well, so I thought we could try this for the care center," she added. "So far, it's been good, but we're just looking for more participants."

The run is an opportunity for the CVCC residents to mingle with the residents of greater Chatfield.

Hrtanek stated, "This is a good way for our residents to participate in the community, to get involved. They love seeing people outside, families with kids outside. Their faces light up, and this benefits them, gets them outside. They'll be out there cheering people across the finish line, and I think that'll be great. Also, to finish a 5K is an accomplishment in itself."

The run's route begins in the CVCC parking lot, proceeds up Winona Street to Burr Oak, past the high school and to the trailer park, at which point runners will turn around and return to the care center. The race is on, "rain or shine, unless there's a hurricane or tornado," and participants will be treated to snacks at the care center afterwards.

Hrtanek expressed her appreciation to those assisting with the race. "We have a lot of volunteers, like our Founders' Committee helping with handing out water, and great sponsors helping with food for our runners - we've got bread from Great Harvest, fruit from HyVee, headbands from a company that donated them, and ribbons for all the kids that run, and even though it's late and there's no guarantee, runners who register now might still get a t-shirt...it's going to be a lot of fun."

The CVCC Running for the Aging 5K/One-Mile Run is slated for Saturday, June 21, at the CVCC assisted living parking lot, 1260 Winona St., Chatfield.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the race set to start at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 for children 12 and under and $25 for adults. To register, log onto www.active.com, or find the registration form at www.chosenvalleyseniorliving.com.