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MRH to Host Run Benefiting Children at Risk

Mosaic Services helps young people at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center.

will be the site of a family running event Sept. 10. 

The $20 entry fee for the five kilometer race and companion children’s track events will benefit , an MRH-affiliated nonprofit that helps at-risk children at the . The organization strives to break the cycle of poverty by partnering with families. Mosaic provides services from academic tutoring to financial aid.

The third annual Mosaic 5K will begin at 8 a.m. The quarter-mile and half-mile youth races will be held on the high school track beginning at 9 a.m. Every child who competes will be awarded a ribbon. Family friendly entertainment, including St. Louis Cardinals mascot Fredbird, a caricature artist and a clown who makes balloon animals, also will be on site and are included as part of the entry fee.

“We get some serious runners who show up from out-of-town to race,” said Heather Bailey, president of Mosaic Services and an MRH teacher. “But most of our support comes from the immediate community.”

Age-group winners in the 5K will be recognized after the race and awarded books to give back to the Mosaic Services scholarship. After the winners' names are called, they will have the opportunity to come up to the award table and autograph the book of their choice for donation to scholarship families.

People interested in Mosaic Services will have another opportunity to show their support Sept. 17 at a brunch at from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the organization.

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