The Queen’s 5K Romp begins at 8 a.m. April 22 outside the Candle Queen Candles Gift Boutique, at the corner of 5th street and Shawnee.

The race path will take runners up 5th Street and back and then up 6th Street through the residential neighborhoods instead of the 3-mile Creek as in past years, said Stacy McCowen, owner of Candle Queen.

Currently in its fifth year, McCowen said since the first year, the race has helped Candle Queen raise nearly $50,000 for local charities.

“It is a way for us to give back to our community and all profits go to charity,” McCowen said.

Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Unity in the Community, the Leavenworth Education Foundation, and Girls on the Run, she added.

The event is sold out with 600 runners which McCowen credits to the Candle Queen customer base.

“It is our customer base, which is women who love to get out and do fun things and be involved in their community,” she said. McCowen said she encourages the public to join even if they’re not registered.

“We’re always looking for volunteers to cheer people on and we will have about 20 vendors on the street for shopping and the store will be open,” she said. “It’s a fun event for people to come to even if they didn’t get registered.”

Those registered for the event can pick up race information packets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Candle Queen. For more information, visit