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Run or walk for a good cause

If you are missing the flurry of fundraising walks and runs that normally take place this time of year, you can still register to do some of them on your own and at least one in a group of 100.

Bronson Children’s Hospital’s Run and Walk, an annual event that usually attracts more than 2,000 participants to raise money for the children’s hospital, will take place as a virtual event Sept. 18–27. Participants can choose where and when they will complete their 5k- or one-mile run or walk. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt, bib and finisher medal. The event will also feature fun challenges, prizes and videos shared on social media to help participants feel connected. For more information or to register, visit bronsonhealth.com/runwalk.

The Kalamazoo Walk to End Alzheimer's won’t be a large in-person gathering either, but you can walk with small teams of friends or family Sept. 20 to raise money for Alzheimer’s support, care and research. To register, visit act.alz.org.

On Sept. 26, Gryphon Place will host its annual Suicide Prevention Walk as a virtual event. It will begin at 9 a.m. via Facebook Live, and participants can complete their walk at any time that day. Participants will receive a T-shirt and wristband and are encouraged to take pictures during their walk and post them on social media, using the hashtag #GPSuicidePreventionWalk. Registration for the event is at gryphon.org/events.

The annual SPCA 5K Doggie Dash this year gives you the option of walking or running the Spring Valley Park trails with others or running your own virtual course at the same starting time. Dogs are optional too. The event is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 19, and the park is at 2605 Mount Olivet Road. Only the first 100 people to sign up will be able to participate at the park. To register for either the in-person event or the virtual one, visit runsignup.com/Race/MI/Kalamazoo/5kDoggieDash.

And if you don’t like running all that much but want to support a good cause, you can participate in the Duck Derby Point1K on Sept. 26 on the Kalamazoo Mall. This spoof event involves a 329-foot flat course and Duck Derby raffle to benefit Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Pre-race events begin at 10 a.m. and the race at noon. For details, visit point1k.com.