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Allies in Disguise raises $8K

Oct. 31, 2015

AIM Independent Living Center’s Allies in Disguise 5K Run and Mile Walk raised $8,000 Saturday at Craig Park in Painted Post.

The 5K attracted 88 registered runners and approximately 85 walkers. Jason Husted, 34, was the overall male winner of the 5K, with a time of 18:28. Karen Charnetski, 48, was the overall female winner, with a time of 22:14.

The run was primarily held on the Painted Post Trail, which connects to the east end of Craig Park.

“It was cold, but it was great weather for a run – and the venue was great,” said John Zick, AIM’s director of government and public affairs. “We appreciate everyone who participated. We’re really looking forward to next year.”

The proceeds of the event benefit AIM’s programs and services. AIM, which is in 36th year, is a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities, with the goal of helping them live independently.

In addition to the 5K run and mile walk, the event featured a children’s fun run, face-painting and a professional photographer who provided free posed photos to anyone interested.

“This event wouldn’t have possible without the help of our volunteers, donors and sponsors,” Zick said. “It’s amazing how many people and businesses are willing to donate their time and money to help others in the community.”

This year’s event was AIM’s fourth annual awareness event.