Bears Who Care 5K is Sunday

The annual OktoBEARfest event raises funds for the organization, which provides teddy bears and books to children in need.

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The fifth annual Bears Who Care OktoBEARfest 5K Fun Run & Walk at Hamlin will take place this Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning at Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital, 17000 Porter Road, Winter Garden.

Bears Who Care provides teddy bears and books to children in need in the community.

After the 5K and Kid’s Run, enjoy a morning of activities, including live entertainment, interactive sponsor booths, raffles, a scavenger hunt and prize giveaways. “Days of our Lives” star Eric Martsolf is scheduled to make an appearance, and VIP experiences are available.

The event is in person and virtual and includes a finisher medal, T-shirt, goody bag, race bib and finisher’s certificate. Children in the Kid’s Run will receive a medal, goody bag, bib and certificate.

Registration for in-person participation is $40 through Oct. 22 and $45 the day of the event. Prices for the Kid’s Run are $25 and $30. For virtual participation, the cost is $45 for adults and $30 for children. The VIP experience is $150.

Packets can be picked up from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22; or at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race. The event will be chip-timed. Awards will be given to the top 10 males and top 10 females.

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Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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