About 500 people are expected to participate in this weekend's Queen's 5K Romp.

About 500 people are expected to participate in this weekend's Queen's 5K Romp.

The annual race, which is organized through Candle Queen Candles Gift Boutique, is intended for women and girls. The event raises money for local charities.

With Sunday's race, the event will have raised about $45,000 for charity during its six-year history, said Stacy McCowen, owner of Candle Queen Candles Gift Boutique.

This year's race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. McCowen said the race will begin and end near the entrance to her downtown Leavenworth store, which is located at 500 Shawnee St.

McCowen said about 500 people have signed up for the race. Registration for the event is still open.

"We don't turn anybody away," she said.

Registration fees are $40 for people who are 19 years of age and older and $20 for people who are 18 and younger.

Prizes will be awarded to the runners who finish first, second and third in the various age categories.

McCowen said people also can volunteer to help with the race. She said more than 50 people volunteer during the race.

McCowen said the event benefits charities that provide services related to children.

This year, the race will support the Girls on the Run program offered in local schools, Unity in the Community, the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation and the Lansing Community Library.

For more information, visit www.queens5kromp.com.

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