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Grants provide funding for 300 kids to run shorter races in Nebraska State Fair Marathon

Grants provide funding for 300 kids to shorter races in Nebraska State Fair Marathon. (NTV News)

The Grand Island YMCA is giving underprivileged kids a chance to participate in this year's 5k and one mile races during the Nebraska State Fair Marathon.

They received funding from both the Saint Francis Foundation and the Shopko Foundation to help 300 kids, ranging from age five to junior high. Registration for these races is being held August 25th.

Race Co–Director Cara Lemburg says usually about 70–80 kids participate in each event. She says they saw the need after some kids last year couldn't afford to run, and they were looking for ways to get them active and more involved in the races.

"What I would like them to come away with is a great experience and having fun memories of the event and the YMCA, and everybody working together to create that experience for them," said Lemburg.

Along with a race packet, t–shirt and medal among other things, they'll also get entry into the state fair for the whole day of August 25th.

The Nebraska State Fair Marathon is the biggest fundraiser for the YMCA's Strong Families campaign.

The 300 scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. Registration information can be found by calling either Grand Island YMCA locations at 308-395-9622, on the YMCA's Facebook page, and on their website https://www.giymca.org/.

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