Annual Heart of the Summit 5k/10K set for Sept. 16 at Unity Village

Returning for it's sixth year, the Heart of the Summit 5K/10K is set for Saturday, Sept. 16 at Unity Village. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit and serves to benefit families of fallen police and firefighters.

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This year, all proceeds from the event will be given to SAFE (Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund).  SAFE provides the comfort of financial support for the surviving spouses and dependents or, in their absence, the parents of sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel who lose their life in the performance of their duties.

“We hold this event each year to celebrate and support our community’s outstanding police and fire departments,” Event chair Jeff Silver said in a release. “Every day, at personal risk, these individuals strive to protect and defend our community, helping to make it a safe and excellent place to live. The Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit is very pleased to have this opportunity to thank them, and give back.”

The event also features a one-mile walk for those who don't run or would rather simply enjoy the Unity Village surroundings. Other planned entertainment and activities include area team mascots, face painting, kids' dash, bounce house, trucks and equipment from the Lee's Summit police and fire department and a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes.

Registration details, race routes and additional information can be found at HeartoftheSummit.com

The race is provided by the Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit, which meets every Thursday at noon at Unity Village. The club was founded in 1961.