On Saturday, February 9, 2019, over 10,000 people across 45 cities in 11 states, including Bowling Green Kentucky will participate in the 11th annual Valentine's Cupid's Chase 5K run, presented by Community Options, Inc.
Thousands of runners in more than 40 cities across the United States participated in last year's Cupid's Chase 5K Charity run to raise money and awareness for adults with disabilities.
Each year, Community Options, a national nonprofit organization that provides housing and employment support to people with severe mental and physical disabilities, hosts its Cupid's Chase 5Kin various cities to support local disabled residents and their families by raising money for facilities support and programmatic social and medical services. This year's Cupid's Chase run will take place in:
- Arizona – Phoenix, Tucson
- Kentucky -- Bowling Green, Paducah
- Maryland – Baltimore, Wheaton
- New Jersey – Bridgewater, Glen Rock,Moorestown, Morristown, New Brunswick,Princeton, Seaside Heights, West Orange,West Deptford
- New Mexico - Albuquerque, Las Cruces/El Paso, Santa Fe
- New York -- Binghamton, Brooklyn, New York City, Queens, Syracuse
- Pennsylvania – Allentown, Bloomsburg, Bucks, Butler, Harrisburg, King of Prussia, Latrobe, Philadelphia,Pittsburgh, Washington County, Wilkes-Barre
- South Carolina -- Charleston, Columbia, Greenville
- Tennessee -- Chattanooga, Cookeville, Nashville
- Texas -- Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso/Las Cruces, San Antonio
- Utah – Salt Lake City
"We started Cupid's Chase to raise awareness in the community of the need for vital resources necessary to ensure that adults with significant disabilities will still live a meaningful, prosperous life," said Robert Stack, CEO of Community Options. "I'm pleased that this event has drawn so many socially responsible community and corporate supporters. Each year we continue to add new race locales and educate all participants and sponsors on the importance of assisting those in our communities who desperately need a helping hand."
The Cupid's Chase run is expected to raise over $1 million for Community Options' annual operating expenses. Through a variety of group home management and job placement services, Community Options currently supports over 3,500 adults living and working with severe mental and physical afflictions. Since its inception 30-years ago, Princeton based Community Options has assisted over 14,300 disabled individuals.