By Farin Cloyd, staff writer-

The annual Cupid’s Chase 5k took place at the Tennessee Riverpark on Saturday to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. 

The race raises money for Community Options, Inc., which is an organization that develops employment and residential living for people with disabilities. The organization aims to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into the community. 

The participants gathered at the Hubert Fry Pavilion at 8 a.m. to register for the race. Cupid’s Chase 5k allows for friends and businesses to register as teams and raise money together for the cause.

Baker and Donelson law firm challenged each of its offices to participate in a 5k, and the Chattanooga office chose Cupid’s Chase.

“Our CEO wanted each branch to go out and do a 5k,” said Sean Miller, a member of Baker Donelson law firm. “It’s for a good cause, and we’re trying to be more health-focused.”

Baker Donelson and the other groups and individuals who participated in the race raised $5,877 for Community Options, Inc. That money will go toward finding employment opportunities, transition programs, and daily assistance for the members of the organization.

At registration, participants received their race numbers, hot drinks, and got to pick up free merchandise sponsored by Cupid’s Chase as well as vendors such as Planet Fitness.

“We’re a judgment free zone,” said Koty Miller, an employee of Planet Fitness on Lee Highway. “We’re happy to be a vendor because it’s a good cause and we’re big on health.”

The race was originally set for Feb. 9 but had to be rescheduled due to flooding of the Riverpark Walkway. 

The Chattanooga Cupid’s Chase 5k takes place every February. Individuals interested in the race, the organization, or donating can visit Community Options’ website for more information at https://www.comop.org/.

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