Fun run benefits Camp Agape Aug. 27


A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Aug. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s sessions at Camp Agape, a program for children grieving the loss of a loved one.

The 2017 camp is scheduled for July 17-20 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center, 3835 Farm to Market Road 2342 between Burnet and Kingsland.

The memorial run fundraiser will allow children ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.

“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”

To learn more about the run and sponsorship opportunities, visit the organization’s website at or sign up for the race at and search for Camp Agape.

For participants age 13 and older who pre-register, the race fee is $25  or, for age 12 and younger, $10 . Add $5 for race-day registration.

All participants will receive a free tee shirt. Medals will be awarded to the top three winners of the men, women and youth categories. Also, the team with the largest number of participants will receive a trophy.

Race participants will include former campers, as well as family members and friends of the campers’ loved ones. To honor the deceased loved ones, a balloon release ceremony will occur upon completion of the race.

Visit the website to learn more about Camp Agape and to register for the 2017 camp.

Camp Agape, a non-profit organization founded in the year 2000,  is for children dealing with loss of a parent or other significant familial figure from tragedies such as homicide, suicide, illness or military combat. The camp provides the fun of a normal summer camp, including swimming, archery and fishing. In addition, group therapy activities incorporate the use of art and music to assist the children with their bereavement process.

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