About Second Empire 5K Classic: In its 10th year, the Second Empire 5K Classic has a long-standing commitment to supporting community organizations. This year, the 5K Classic will benefit Hopeful Parents (www.nchopefulparents.org), a nonprofit organization that assists prospective adoptive parents in preparing to adopt and provides community support to adoptive and birth families. With more than 800 participants in 2008, the 5K Classic consists of a 5K race, a 1-mile fun run and a 100-yard run for kids 6 years old and younger. Held on one of the fastest 5K-certified courses in the Triangle area, the race is part of the Second Empire Grand-Prix. 2010 sponsors include: Wingate by Wyndham, A Child’s Hope, WakeMed, Southern Community Bank and Trust, The Athlete’s Foot, Articulon, IBD Benefit Services and Raleigh Downtowner Magazine. To learn more about the Second Empire 5K Classic, visit www.secondempireraceraleigh.com.