A 5k run/walk and block party planned next month in Houston will benefit an organization that reaches out to local teenagers.

Undivided Hearts, a group of area youth leaders who host a weekly Saturday night worship service for teens, is planning the event to raise funds for the ministry. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment to enhance the worship service, according to the group.

The 5K will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, from the Undivided Hearts building on the corner of First and Chestnut streets in downtown Houston. Runners will go first, followed by walkers at 10:10 a.m. The results and awards will be announced at noon.

The registration fee is $20 per participant. Forms must be submitted by April 13 to receive a T-shirt. Race day registration will be from 9-9:45 a.m. the day of the race, but does not include a shirt.

Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners as well as the top runner in each age category: 10-and-under; 11-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-and-over.

There will be a block party following the race with food, music and a dunking booth. Cody Neugebauer, youth leader at Souls Harbor Family Worship and one of the event organizers, said several local pastors and youth ministers have agreed to sit in the dunking booth.

“This event should have a little bit of something for everyone,” Neugebauer said. “We would love to see all the runners and many walkers from the area participate.

“Even if you don’t plan to be part of the race, come hang out for the block party afterwards. We will have good food and great fellowship for a worthy cause in our community.”

Undivided Hearts formed in the latter part of 2011 and began hosting weekly youth worship services in November. The group held a Feb. 11 concert at Houston High School that featured Christian rock artists Fireflight, Rapture Ruckus, Cory Lamb and Devin Williams.

For more information, call Jeff McNiell at 417-260-4343, e-mail undividedhearts@yahoo.com or visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/undividedhearts.

The registration form for Undivided Hearts’ 5K run/walk.

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