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      Race to help end poverty is coming to Kirksville

      A new event to help end poverty in surrounding counties will be occurring in a few days.

      The Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency will be hosting the first 'Race to End Poverty.' That race will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Dukum Inn in Kirksville. Participants can either run a 5K Road Race or enjoy a Fun Walk.

      Organizers of the race say they hope this event will help shed some light on the poverty issue in the county. Currently, 25 percent of Adair County residents are considered to be living under the poverty line.

      NMCAA offers many services that benefit Kirksville and the surrounding areas. Those services include Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Those programs offer daycare services to low income families, so parents can attend work or school.

      "It is a fundraiser, and those funds will stay in Northeast Missouri. We serve five counties: Clark, Scotland, Schuyler, Adair, and Knox," said Karrie Maag, an Education Coordinator.

      If you are interested in participating in the race and have yet to register, you can still do so. Registration is $13 until August 15th, and $15 until the day of the race. Entry forms are available here.