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story.lead_photo.caption Family members of those who have passed away from melanoma cary memorial posters Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, during the Miles Against Melanoma event at Memorial Park in Jefferson City. Photo by Sally Ince / News Tribune.

There will be a lot more going on during the Miles Against Melanoma 5K than just running.

Free beer, for instance.

In addition to the race, the Sept. 7 evening event in Memorial Park will feature a children's run and a memorial walk.

Children of all ages can check out a balloon artist, try out some face-painting or rub elbows with Batman, Robin, Spider-Man, Cinderella or Princess Anna (from "Frozen").

A local artist will draw caricatures 5-7 p.m., with donations suggested.

Organizers will offer multiple raffle items. There will be live music 7-9 p.m.

Vendors scheduled for Miles Against Melanoma include physicians from Jefferson City Medical Group, Studio 573 Fitness, local firefighters displaying a fire truck, Supplement Superstore, Hollen Family Chiropractic and A-1 Party Supplies.

And, there will be free beer for registrants 21 or older.

The Kids' Dash begins at 6 p.m., the 5K at 6:30 p.m. and the memorial walk at 8 p.m. Registration is 3-5 p.m. To pre-register, visit and click on "Jefferson City Events." You'll be directed to a page where you can find a link to register.

Same-day registration will be available.

It is $30 to register for the event, which will entitle the registrant to a free shirt (while available), admission to all activities and — dare we say — free beer for people 21 and older.

"Our core purpose is to make a difference in the lives of people affected by skin cancer by providing financial support, memorializing loved ones who lost their battle and finding hope for a positive future," organizers said.

Melanoma is a type of cancer that normally develops in the skin's pigment-containing cells. It may occur in the mouth, intestines or eyes. The cancer develops most often because ultraviolet light damages DNA in the skin. Melanoma can spread to other parts of the body.

All proceeds of the event go to melanoma research at the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation. Last year, 350 participants in Miles Against Melanoma raised more than $18,000 for research.

"Whether you're looking to complete your first 5K or just to get together with friends and family," organizers said, "this fun and well-organized event is perfect for elite athletes, novices and casual runners alike. Even if running or walking a 5K is not your cup of tea, we will have other activities available."

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