Moms: Enter the Kick Up Your Heels for Homeless 5K, Stiletto Sprint

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What woman doesn’t love shoes? On the morning of Saturday, May 11, I will be wearing two of my favorite pairs – my running shoes and black pumps – all for a fantastic cause. I invite other moms to join me the day before Mother’s Day in participating in the Fed Ex Custom Critical Kick Up Your Heels 5K & Stiletto Sprint to benefit the Access Homeless Shelter in Akron. The race starts and finishes in downtown Akron, at Lock 3 Park, and follows the Towpath Trail. My running shoes are broken in and ready to go! Are yours?


Kick Up Your Heels for Homeless 5K & Stiletto Sprint Schedule

Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m., and the Stiletto Sprint, will follow at 8:30 a.m. I have not tried running in my high heels yet, but I am anxious to see just how fast I can move in them!


The 5k promptly will begin at 9 a.m. For those who are not runners, enjoy a nice walk to help out the shelter instead. The 1M walk will begin at 9:10 a.m.

Register for the Kick Up Your Heels for Homeless 5K & Stiletto Sprint

Register quickly for the event through Access at

It is $25 to pre-register for the 5K and $30 the day of the race. It is $20 to pre-register for the 1M Walk or $25 on race day. The Stiletto Sprint is free, but you still must register.

Donations for the shelter also are being accepted. A $25 contribution provides 25 people in need with a hot meal. A $100 donation allows a homeless child to receive 50 days of school transportation and $250 allows 10 homeless individuals to receive needed healthcare.

Men are allowed to participate, too!


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Emily, a freelance journalist, is the proud mom of five children, ages 4 to 12. She and her husband have been married 14 years, moving to the Akron area for employment 11 years ago. Although both originally from Pennsylvania, the couple fell in love with Ohio and are proud to call the state “home.” Emily and her family – also including a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel pup and a Holland Lop bunny – now reside in the Hartville area. She and her family love going on adventures, game nights, reading together and exploring and playing in their big backyard. Emily likes lending a hand at her church and children’s school. She enjoys family time, Bible studies, bargain shopping, trying new recipes, exercising and beach vacations!
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