Race to benefit playgrounds

Metroparks run

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Runners pounded the pavement Sunday morning in Mill Creek Park for the inaugural Green Cathedral 5K and a half marathon.

Though many races have taken place throughout the park over the years, organizers said this is the first race that directly benefits the park. Proceeds from the race will go toward renovations of the Wick Recreation Area. Updates and additions include new playgrounds, a sand playground area and a water play area for those hot summer days.

“We have about $150,000 to go to finish the tot area, the adventure playground and the sand playground,” said Linda Kostka, director of marketing at Mill Creek Metroparks. “We need about $130,000 after that’s raised to finish the wet playground.”

Those numbers don’t include money raised from Sunday’s race.

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