FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – The Cipriano Classic, a 5-K run and walk Friday to benefit the Cipriano Children’s Trust Fund, has gone beyond organizers’ expectations.

Race directors thought having a thousand runners and walkers would be great. But they have over 1,600 people signed up from six states — some from as far as Colorado and Texas.

Proceeds will benefit the Cipriano family after father, Robert, was killed and mother, Rose, and teen son, Sal, were critically injured in a baseball bat attack at their Farmington Hills home April 16. The eldest Son Tucker Cipriano and his friend Mitchell Young are due in court Friday for the continuation of a pre-trial hearing.

The Cipriano Classic 5K Fun Run and Walk will begin, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Farmington Family YMCA.

The cost is just $25-30 depending on registration date.

“The event is truly a grassroots effort to unite the community.It started as an idea from one of Rose’s neighbors and quickly took hold in the hearts of many whom then formed the event committee,” said Jenny Birmelin, Cipriano Classic Co-chair.

Participants are being urged to carpool and arrive as early as possible for on-site registration. Surrounding businesses are offering their lots for alternative parking.

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