Tyler's Light next month will host a golf outing and 5K run and walk in hopes of continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and bring help to those who need it.
Tyler's Light, a Pickerington-based nonprofit group formed by community members to educate about the dangers of prescription and illegal drugs, May 4 will partner with Pickerington business Rule(3) to host the Rule(3) Golf Outing at the Cumberland Trail Golf Course in Pickerington.
The following day, the organization also will host its second annual Tyler's Light 5K Fun Run/Walk, which will begin at 2 p.m. at Victory Park.
"These events are to raise awareness," said Kristyn Wilson, a Tyler's Light volunteer.
"The goal is to bring families and individuals together in order to raise awareness about the growing drug problems in the community and encourage youths especially to speak up and save a life if someone they know is in trouble," Wilson said.
Registration is required for both events, and can be done at http://tylerslight.com/.
The deadline for registering for the golf outing is April 26, with participation limited to 32 teams. The fee is $80 per person or $320 for teams of up to four members.
"The outing begins with (line ups) at 11 a.m. and there's a 1 p.m. shotgun start," Wilson said. "There will be some prizes, and the fee includes a surf-and-turf dinner after the outing."
Registration for the 5K can be completed up to the day, however only those who sign up in advance will be guaranteed to receive a commemorative T-shirt and other participation gifts.
Fees for the 5K are $15 for students in grades K-12, $20 for adults 18 and older and $40 for families of up to five people.
Last year's 5K drew more than 1,600 participants, according to Tyler's Light volunteers, and this year the organization is hoping to attract upwards of 2,000 people.
In addition to the run/walk, which will feature an adjusted course to eliminate some of the hills participants faced last year, there will be live entertainment and prizes for top finishers.
"We are very excited to host two family-friendly events in one weekend that will help us spread the Tyler's Light 'Speak Up, Save a Life' message," said Wayne Campbell, Tyler's Light president.
"Our organization has received incredible support from central Ohio communities and local law enforcement," he said. "We know we are making a difference in the fight against drugs."