Editor's note: Sara Giboney is an education reporter for the Kearney Hub. Her blog, Sweet Success, focuses on healthy living. Sarah writes occasionally for livewellnebraska.com
Friday's family-friendly Glow in the Dark 5K will help Joe and Tracy Krepel's family grow.
“We just want to grow our family,” Tracy said. “We have three boys and we've always wanted a big family.”
Having more children is no longer an option for the Krepels, whose boys are ages 11, 9 and 4. They decided to proceed with an international adoption, which they've worked toward for the past two years, hoping for a girl from Hungary.
“We're hoping that next summer we'll be traveling to go get her, but there are never any guarantees. We just have to wait for a match,” Tracy said.
Proceeds from Friday's event will help the family manage the high cost of adoption.
“Having a big fundraiser like this is really nice,” Tracy said. “It's awesome because it's going to raise so much awareness of adoption. If it inspires someone else to adopt, that's great, or if it inspires someone to go into foster care, that's awesome.”
The race is sponsored by Compass, a non-profit organization that provides support to at-risk families and helps with foster care solutions in the area. Compass will provide information about adoption at the race.
“We hope the race will not only raise money for the family, but that it will raise awareness about adoption,” said race organizer Savanna Lyon, who works with Tracy at the Kearney Family YMCA.
The one-mile run will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Yanney Heritage Park.
Race T-shirts will glow in the dark, and glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces will be available for purchase.
After the race, hot apple cider and popcorn will be served, a live band will perform and prizes will be awarded.
The cost is $20 for individuals and $45 per family. Participants registering the day of the race should arrive before 6 p.m.