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Recent Political Protests Spark Nationwide Rise Up 5K Run/Walk

Recent civil rights and environmental protests converge into what could become the largest organized running event in the U.S.

March 16, 2017 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

JOPLIN, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A nationwide Rise Up 5k run/walk event opened registration today in 300 U.S. cities.  The Rise Up 5K will be held on July 1, 2017 with the goal of continuing the momentum started with the Women’s March held in January while raising money for civil liberty charity organizations.

All 300 U.S. locations will start the run at 8:00 a.m. local time.  Participation is open to all ages. To find a location near you, go to

“The Women’s March on January 21 was one of the largest political demonstrations the world has seen,” said Ashleigh Teeter, Rise Up 5K Executive Director. “We will continue that momentum by standing united again – this time at the start line. We must rise up and resist any attempt to degrade human rights. Our journey to defend and uphold these liberties will continue until we reach the finish line. RISE UP. RUN. BE HEARD.”

Benefiting Charities:

100% of the net proceeds will be donated to these charities:

Women’s Rights: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.  |  The Center for Reproductive Rights

Climate Change: Natural Resources Defense Council  |  Sierra Club Foundation

Immigrants’ Rights: The National Immigration Law Center

LGBTQ Rights: The Human Rights Campaign  |  The Trevor Project

Civil Rights: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation  |  The Southern Poverty Law Center

About CARES, Inc.

CARES is a non-profit organization that partners with charities and schools to produce consolidated running event benefiting multiple partner organizations.  Its co-production technology platform is used to produce the national Rise Up 5K, as well as Turkey Trot 5Ks and St. Patrick Day 5Ks all across the nation that benefit local partner charities.

Contact: Ashleigh Teeter

Title: Executive Director

Tel. 417-540-6821

Email: [email protected]