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Our mission is to help refugees and immigrants reach and sustain self-sufficiency and achieve successful integration into the Central Ohio community.
Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. Our various programs have dedicated staff members from more than 10 countries who speak many different languages. We are a refugee resettlement agency, meaning we have a contract with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community. In partnership with Church World Service, we resettle individuals and families from all over the world.
Join us on Saturday, September 7, 2019, as we celebrate our mission and our community.
Race packets may be picked up early at Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) (1925 E Dublin Granville Rd #102, 43229) on Thursday, September 5 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) and Friday, September 6 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM). You may also pick up your packets on race day at the Alum Creek Park North shelter building beginning at 8:00 am on September 7.
Alum Creek Park North is where the race begins and ends, and due to being part of the course the park entrance will be closed to public traffic for the duration of the event. There is ample parking nearby in both Westerville City lots and Otterbein University lots. Good locations if you like being close by are the Westerville Senior Center and First Responders Park, and Otterbein University lots on Campusview Rd (lots labeled "X" and "Y" - DO NOT PARK IN THE AMERICHEER LOT! Also do not park in the Astronaut Grove lot (across the street from Alum Creek Park North)). If you're looking for a short warm-up jog to the race there are plenty of lots in Uptown Westerville, 1/2 mile from the start line.
*Advocacy Fair will be open from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM*
8:00 AM - Race day registration and packet pickup will begin
9:45 AM - Kids Fun Run will start on the park road near the Main St entrance
10:00 AM - CRIS 5K for Refugees is underway!
11:00 AM - Awards!
Top 3 individual fundraisers
Top 2 team fundraisers
Top 3 female race finishers
Top 3 male race finishers
Top 3 Kids Fun Run finishers
The 2019 Advocacy Fair will run from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Come learn about refugee resettlement, participate in advocacy efforts, and meet our amazing partners!
If you would like to make a donation to CRIS, you can easily do that both 1) during your race registration process as an included step, or 2) separately from any race registration by clicking on the Donate button on the top of the page.
If you would like to do additional fundraising for CRIS and set up your own peer-to-peer fundraising page (and maybe a team fundraising page to have multiple individuals raising money together), that is an option too! On the donate page, simply click the "Become a Fundraiser" button and follow the steps to get your page up and running. Many help topics about donations and fundraising can be viewed here.
New this year: If you fundraise $200 or more for the race, you can get a full refund of your registration fee! This means that a little bit of fundraising gives you a free entry!
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