Attention Bakersfield residents: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab your running shoes and help raise funds for the 4th Annual Mission Possible 5K benefiting The Mission at Kern County on Saturday, April 15.

But before you get discouraged that you must run, walking is completely OK. Even pets are welcome.

The 3.1 miles will take place at CALM, running on a course that takes runners by Lake Ming.

Jamie Durham, director of community development at The Mission, said that besides the family friendly event and all the participant swag bags, there will be homemade food. Yes, you read that right: an on-the-spot hot pancakes and sausage breakfast.

Preregistration is $30 and day-of price is $35. Student pricing is $25. The race will kick off at 8 a.m. at the upper parking lot at CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway.

The Mission Possible 5K is the first of four annual fundraisers that help raise funds for The Mission. The goal is to raise $20,000.

The Mission at Kern County provides hot meals, clothing, shelter and offers a free one-year addiction recovery program for men and women. Throughout the one-year program, members receive free food, free clothing, get help obtaining their GED, learn job training skills and receive guidance in finding their first job after addiction.

“We also help them through transitional housing because we don’t want to just put them back into the environment they came from,” Durham said. “That’s why these fundraisers are important because The Mission is 96 percent donor funded.”

To register for the event, visit or call 325-0863.

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