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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Love Your Parks Virtual 5K To Raise Funds To Support Canton's Parks

mParks Love Your Parks Virtual 5K Medal Graphic

From September 1-30, 2019, nature lovers will have the opportunity to support Canton Leisure Services’ parks and recreation by participating in the Love Your Parks Virtual 5K, presented by the mParks Foundation.

Participants can run, walk, skateboard, standup paddleboard (SUP), bike, surf or swim a 5K (3.1 miles) anytime during the month of September and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Canton Leisure Services to be used to erect shade structures in Canton’s Heritage Park.

“As a virtual 5K participant, you can run, jog, or walk on the road, on a trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track, or even at another race – all for a great cause!” said Jennifer Provenzano, Canton Recreation & Cultural Arts Supervisor.  “This type of fundraiser is a win-win for participants because you get to run your own race, at your own pace, and your medal will be shipped directly to you.”

Individuals are encouraged to select Canton Leisure Services as the organization which will receive the support from the Love Your Park Virtual 5K. Online registration for this virtual 5K is currently available here for just $30.  Family registration discounts are also available. The Love Your Parks runners raising at least $50 will receive a T-Shirt and those raising $250 will earn a sweatshirt.

To date, the mParks Foundation has donated more than $3,000,000 to Michigan communities to build accessible playgrounds and waterparks. With a goal of making recreation available to all Michigan citizens, the mParks Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.  Past mParks Foundation initiatives have included purchasing handicapped accessible hunting blinds, enabling individuals in wheelchairs to access water at numerous Michigan State Park beaches, as well as installing accessible boat lifts in popular state marinas. For more information about the mParks Foundation, visit

Canton Leisure Services has been recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by retaining national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) since 2004. In addition, Canton Leisure Services was awarded the Gold Medal in 2008 from the National Recreation and Park Association. 

For additional information about the Love Your Parks Virtual 5K, visit or call 734/394-5460. 

Register online today
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