The City of Charleston has scheduled its “Celebrate Independence” 5K for Friday, July 5 at 7:45 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park to benefit the Childhood Language Center of Charleston.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and prizes will be awarded following the race.

The Childhood Language Center, founded in 1990 by the Scottish Rite Masons, is the region’s only free speech and language therapy clinic for children, providing critical services to West Virginia children with speech and language delays, autism, Down’s Syndrome and hearing impairments. “With the tremendous support of the City and our event sponsors, we are able to meet a critical need to serve families who otherwise may not be able to access needed therapy for their child,” said Executive Director Holly Martin.

Prior to the race, Live on the Levee takes place featuring The Boatmen and The Recipe beginning at 6 p.m. The City will offer jump rope and hula-hoop contests and chalk drawing for children, also at 6 p.m.

The July 5 race will take place on a flat, easy course. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is $20 before June 30 and $25 on race day. For an online race registration form, visit For more information, visit the Childhood Language Center on Facebook.

The race is made possible through the generosity of the City of Charleston and Tallman Track Club, along with title sponsors BrickStreet Insurance and Columbia Pipeline Group.

Additional sponsors include Bricks Without Straw, Bridget Smith State Farm Agent, Charles Ryan Associates, Dinsmore & Shohl, Fourth Avenue Financial, Garlow Insurance Agency, Goodwill Industries of the Kanawha Valley, Graystone Consulting, Jeff Peterson, Kyle and Kirsten Mork, Suttle & Stalnaker, and the West Virginia Society for Interventional Pain Physicians.