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Red Shoe Run to help raise donor awareness

Runners and walkers have the opportunity this Saturday to help raise donor awareness.

The annual Red Show Run for Awareness will be held on Saturday, April 13 in the NIU campus in Rockford.

The event includes a competitive 5K run with prizes in 17-age divisions as well as a non-competitive fitness walk.

The 5K starts at 8 a.m. followed by the fitness walk at 8:10 a.m.

Race day registration fees are $25 and $40 respectively.

The Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness is held every April to celebrate National Donate Life month, increase donations of organs, tissue, eye, blood, and marrow, and to raise money.

Money raised at the Red Shoe Run pays for tissue typing individuals who join the Be The Match Registry with the Rock River Valley Blood Center.

"All funds are used to pay for tissue typing costs. It costs about $100 to add someone to our registry," said Julie Tilbury, manager for the Bone Marrow Donor Program, Rock River Valley Blood Center.

No roller blades, skateboards, bicycles or pets are allowed on the race course.

Electronic CHIP timing will be provided by RealTiming Inc.

Splits are called at 1 and 2 miles. Water stations provided and refreshments will be available.

Race results will be posted by and

For more information, visit,, or call Charles Smith at 815-398-9628.

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