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Published May 14, 2012, 11:30 PM

Good cause pushes Girl Scouts’ 5K quest: Effort raises funds to buy shoes for kids

CASSELTON, N.D. – The day after school ends, six Girl Scouts will start their summer by running their first 5K.

By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM

If you go

What: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Fargo 5K

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday; participants start lining up at 6; packets must be picked up by 5:30

Where: Runners line up on University Drive; walkers line up on the median road leading up to the Fargodome.

Registration: Registration for the 5K will remain open until 11 tonight. You can also register on-site at the Fargodome between noon and 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 and 5 p.m. Friday.

Info: For more information, go to www.fargomarathon.com/5krace.htm

CASSELTON, N.D. – The day after school ends, six Girl Scouts will start their summer by running their first 5K.

The girls of Junior Troop 30490 have been training for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Fargo 5K since March.

“They’re motivated. They’re ready to go,” says troop leader Susan Kempel.

The 10-year-olds, who run at the Casselton High School track or reservoir, are excited for race day.

“They’d done the kids’ races the past couple of years, but they wanted to get a real medal,” Kempel says.

The girls plan to pair up for the race so they don’t get lost – and so they have company.

They use track time to talk about school, their classes, and cupcakes.

“It’s a fun way to exercise with your friends,” says Susan’s daughter, 10-year-old Girl Scout Katie Kempel.

One dollar of each 5K race registration will go toward a new pair of Nikes. The Fargo Marathon, BCBSND and Dakota Medical Foundation will match each dollar.

“When we first mentioned that this would help kids get shoes, they all said, ‘Yes, we want to do it,’ ” says Lori Howard, BCBSND corporate wellness team leader.

If 10,000 people participate in the BCBSND 5K, 1,000 underprivileged Fargo-Moorhead kids will get shoes. As of noon Friday, just under 7,300 had registered.

“I think it’s going to help a lot of kids,” says 10-year-old Girl Scout Elizabeth Wheeler.

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