URBANA — Human Kinetics was looking for a community service project that would help out Champaign-Urbana and would also provide a family-friendly way for people to get some exercise.
The company organized the Twin Cities Twosome — a relay race run through Crystal Lake Park that benefits local charities.
That was 19 years ago, and the race has raised $105,655 for its designated charities: Crisis Nursery, the Center for Women in Transition, and the Transitional Initiatives and Men's Emergency Services (T.I.M.E.S.) Center.
Human Kinetics will sponsor the 20th Twin Cities Twosome on Saturday, and it hopes to draw a record number of runners.
Last year, there were 724 participants, and the race organizers are expecting 800 this year, said Ann Maloney, director of human resources at Human Kinetics.
The race includes a 5K relay run and a 2.5K relay walk. Runners can choose from several categories for the relay, including wife/husband, parent/child, combined ages, corporate, youth or high school. If you don't have a relay partner, you can enter in the open division and run or walk a 5K.
"It's tying our mission about helping people lead healthier lives along with our mission to reach out to the community," Maloney said. "The nice thing about the race is, every dollar that a person spends on their registration goes directly back to the charities."
For more information, go to http://www.twincitiestwosome.com.
The event this year also includes the Champions4Children Walk, an event of the Children's Advocacy Center. The 5K walk raises money for the advocacy center through donations and pledges collected by the walkers.
For more information about the walk, go to http://www.co.champaign.il.us/cac.htm.