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LEONARDTOWN, Md. — After last year’s cancellation, the Life is Good in Leonard’s Grant (LG) 5K run came back for its ninth year on May 29. Since its first year, this event has donated a good chunk of money to the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD).

“For the last nine years, they (the program) have donated to the LVFD over $23,000. There is no other neighborhood that I think can say that,” former president and a lifetime member of LVFD, Roger Mattingly said.

The Life is Good in LG 5K run is an annual event that invites people of all ages to compete in an active event to help raise money for the LVFD to get new equipment. There is the 5K run for the adults, and kids compete in what’s called the fun run.

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“The turnout for the event was great. We had 222 people run the 5K, and then we had about 60 kids run the fun run,” race director, Dee Kelly, said.

Although this event usually brings more runners, which could affect the amount that the fire department gets for equipment, it was an impressive feat for people to show up to race during a rainy and cold morning.

“Dee had everything set up perfectly. Even though it was a rainy day. The event turned out nice,” Mattingly said.

Currently, Dee Kelly stated that the community raised about $3,000 for the LVFD. Besides raising money, this event awarded 5K medals to the top three male and female finishers in all categories, and the race gave people an opportunity to get out of their house and get active with their neighbors.

“This event brings people outside. Sometimes you live in a big neighborhood, but you do not necessarily get to hang out with your neighbors. You kind of stay in your little bubble. While this brings everyone outside to congregate and do something active,” Kelly said.

This event does not just connect people to their neighborhood, but it helps cultivate a good relationship between the community members and the fire department.

“It [the event] brings all of us [the fire department] as a group to get involved with our community.”

For those who want to compete or get involved, the adult age categories include 13 and under, 14-20, 21-20. 31-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61+. The kids’ fun run is for runners aged 11 and under with distances of a quarter-mile and a half-mile.

This event traditionally happens on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. To stay updated on this event, you can follow the program on Facebook and other social media platforms using #LGinLG. To learn more about the race sponsors, course maps, pictures, and previous results, check out www.lifesgoodinlg5k.com

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