Area briefs

5K walk/run rescheduled

PIQUA — The “Otath He Waugh the Couch” (“He has risen from the couch”) Educator Appreciation 5k Walk/Run has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. May 7, at Piqua High School’s Alexander Stadium.

The purpose of this 5K walk/run is two-fold: 1) To show your appreciation for an educator including bus drivers, cooks, custodians, aides, secretaries, teachers, nurses, counselors, coaches, administrators, etc.; 2) To encourage our community youth to get off the couch and get moving.

There is still time to register if you are interested. Visit to pre-register or register at the event beginning 2:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is $15 for adults, $5 for students. Register by April 23 to receive a t-shirt. Registrations after April 23 are not guaranteed a t-shirt. Race day registration is $20 for adults, $5 for students (no t-shirt guaranteed).

Churches sponsor run/bike event

BRADFORD — The Bradford Area Association of Churches is sponsoring a new event on May 20. You can choose to participate in a 5K run or walk, a 10-mile easy, or a 35-mile intermediate difficulty bicycle tour.

All activities will start and finish at the (Depot) 203 E. Main St. The 35-mile tour will start at 8:30 a.m., the 10-mile tour will start at 10 a.m., and the 5K run/walk will have a start time of 10:30 a.m. with registration taking place one hour prior to each event.

There will be water/refreshment stops along the routes. (helmets will be required for all bike tour participants.) There will be no timing, awards, or t-shirts.

The entry fee is $15 plus two non-perishable or canned food items. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Depot, the Manna Food Ministry, and the Resource Center.

If you wish to sponsor or donate to this very worthy event, you may do so by mailing to the following address: The Depot, P.O. Box 71, Bradford, OH. 45308. Make checks payable to: BAAC.

Exercise program for cancer patients

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA, Robinson Branch, is now a location for the Surviving and Thriving program offered through the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance. This program is completely free for individuals who have been previously diagnosed with cancer or currently have cancer.

This exercise training program is safe and effect both during and following cancer treatment. The program is personalized, structured progression of rehabilitation for each patient from the initiation of treatment through recovery. The one-on-one sessions are individualized according to the patient’s health status and goals, and are instructed by a certified cancer exercise trainer.

Benefits of regular exercise include: improved overall quality of life, increased muscular strength, increased treatment tolerance, increased range of motion and decreased treatment-related side effects.

For more information, contact Kaci Gessaman at 440-9622.

Shoe drive serves dual role

MIAMI COUNTY — DREAM (aka Dream4pets) is conducting a shoe collection drive now through June 15 to raise funds for rescued pets and people. DREAM earns funds based on the number of pairs collected, and those dollars help with the cost of vetting, surgery and medication required for the dogs rescued by DREAM. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used, like new, or new shoes at the following drop off locations: Zion Lutheran Church (Tipp City), YMCA (Troy branch), and The Hack Shack & Eleete Motors in Sidney.

Donated shoes are then purchased by Funds2Orgs, who distribute them throughout countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa to help impoverished people start, maintain and grow their businesses. Proceeds from the shoe sales (in those countries) are used to feed, clothe and house their families.

By donating shoes to DREAM, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives, reduce what goes into landfills and provides support to rescued by DREAM.