Candlelighters race day is today at Mountain’s Edge

Early risers can participate in the 5K race and walk and one-mile stroll, enjoy fun activities and support kids with cancer at today’s Candlelighters Shine for a Superhero 5K and 1 Mile Race with Chet Buchanan at Exploration Park in the Mountain’s Edge master planned community.

The park is at 9700 S. Buffalo Drive, just south of Blue Diamond Road.

Event day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 8 a.m. and the 5K walk and mile stroll at 8:15 a.m. Beginning in the morning, food and refreshments and a host of family friendly activities will continue through 11 a.m. Activities will include raffle prizes, superhero bounce houses, children’s play area, awards ceremony, bone marrow drive, and booths and exhibitors. Raffle prizes include an iPod Touch 64G, a 55-inch Vizio TV, and a MacBook Air. Some popular superheroes also will be in attendance.

Today’s festivities are free to attend, but event day race registration is $40. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero and join the many costumed teams, racers and walkers, given the event’s theme which exemplifies the strength and spirit of children with cancer and related issues.

The Shine for a Superhero 5K and 1 Mile Race with Chet Buchanan, formerly called the “Race for our Kids,” benefits the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. The event helps the nonprofit organization raise money to support those affected by childhood cancer and teach the public about cancer’s effect on many Southern Nevada children and families.

Along with therapeutic, educational and social programs, Candlelighters provided more than $155,000 in financial support last year, including assistance for medical and prescription co-pays, mortgage and rent, utilities, local transportation, travel for treatment, scholarships and funerals, to more than 225 families facing childhood cancer. For information, visit or call 702-737-1919.

The event is sponsored by Centennial Toyota, Mountain’s Edge and 8 News Now. Other participants include: The Revolution, Star Nursery, Credit One Bank, All Nevada Insurance, Be the Match – bone marrow drive, Celebrate Kids, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Children’s Specialty Center, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Cupcakes for Cancer, Dunkin’ Donuts, Fresh &Easy, Make-A-Wish, Maximum Comics, Project Imagine, Real Water, Sam’s Club, Smile Generation, Stanley Steemer, Winder Farms, Port of Subs and Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt.

Festival attendees also are invited to tour the fast-selling Mountain’s Edge master plan and its many neighborhoods by the industry’s top homebuilders. They feature versatile, well-appointed floor plans for every lifestyle and include DR Horton, KB Home, Lennar, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes and Ryland Homes.

For example, Ryland Homes is preselling at two of its three Mountain’s Edge communities with special incentives available.

The new Quintessa has five two- and three-story floor plans ranging from 1,699 to 2,424 square feet and priced from the low $200,000s. Three-story homes include a rooftop deck. Tacinga Ridge has five new two-story floor plans from 2,203 to 2,752 square feet with available rooftop decks, priced from the mid-$200,000s. For details, check with a sales counselor.

Mountain’s Edge, Developed by Focus Property Group, is close to the Red Rock National Conservation Area, major employment and Strip entertainment offerings; a wealth of floor plans and single- and multifamily subdivisions from top builders; parks, trails and open spaces; and public facilities and schools. A series of paseos wind through the community, connecting residents and their neighborhoods to recreation areas. These include the 20-acre Nathaniel Jones Park and the 80-acre Exploration Park with a Western Theme Village, water play area, picnic areas, amphitheater, playgrounds and the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak. Construction has started on the first phase of the new neighboring Mountain’s Edge Regional Park.

To learn about Mountain’s Edge, visit the information center at 9725 S. Buffalo Drive (corner of Buffalo Drive and Blue Diamond Road), call 702-898-5777 or visit

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