Each year, thousands of families get out to run for a great cause in Murfreesboro. The Eighth Annual Special Kids Race takes place Saturday, March 9 at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC; 1272 Garrison Drive, Murfreesboro). This year includes new additions.

Special Kids plans for nearly 3,000 participants in this annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center. New this year is the 10K distance, which adds to the current 15K and 5K options. In addition, runners in all three categories receive a quarter-zip pullover, race medal and additional race swag from MMC and partners.  Racers in the one-mile Family Fun Run receive a soft-style T-shirt. The race is open to all levels of participants and encourages families to run together. 

Race fees are $60 for the 15K, $55 for the 10K, $45 for the 5K and $25 for the One-Mile Fun Run. If you’re not up to the physical race, become a  “Virtual Runner” online for $30.

“We are looking forward to our eighth year of this event,” says Stephanie Folkmann, Special Kids director of development. “Our hope is that the community will continue to take hold of this fundraising opportunity to come together for the kids.”

Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs, ages birth to 21 years. Services include physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, occupational therapy, feeding therapy and speech therapy. It also boasts a one-of-a-kind nursing program for children who are medically fragile. It’s located at 2208 E. Main St., Murfreesboro.

To register for the race, or discover more information about ways you can help, visit specialkidsrace.org.