Crittenton Race Honors Founding Father, All Dads

In honor of Charles Crittenton, the founding father of Crittenton Services, the agency is having a Founding Father’s 5K at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 21 at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville.

The Crittenton agency began in Wheeling as the Florence Crittenton Home 120 years ago. Charles Crittenton was an active social reformer of the late 19th century, organizing more than 100 Crittenton homes to help women in need.

“The work of Crittenton has changed dramatically since our agency was founded in 1895. We are now a behavioral health agency serving more than 1,300 clients each year with community-based care in 18 counties of West Virginia and are still the only agency licensed to meet the maternity needs of girls and young women in the state,” Stacy Rich, Crittenton marketing director, said.

The Founding Father’s Cross-Country 5K offers a challenging off-road course for runners and walkers. It will take place on Grand Vue’s scenic hiking trail, winding through the rugged hills of the park. This course is 3.1 miles (5 kilometers), beginning and ending at Grand Vue’s large shelter, located above the pool.

“Children and young people need caring adults in their lives and naturally, fathers are important as nurturing, supportive parents. With that in mind, participants may want to finish the 5K course in honor of, or in memory of, a father or father figure,” Rich said.

Online registration is available and encouraged at www.florencecrittenton.net. Prizes will be awarded for the top male and female finishers in each age category; overall prizes will also be awarded. Participants will receive a T-shirt, lunch, a coupon for 50 percent off Grand Vue’s Zip Line Tour and more.