Protecting Arizona's Resources and Children (PARC) founders, from left, Tim Lank, Connie Squires, Pat Lawlis and Jim Jochim at Pecos Rd on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

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Preserving Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC), the group fighting the proposed Loop 202 freeway extension along the southern portion of the Ahwatukee Foothills to connect the East and West Valleys, is co-sponsoring a 5K fundraising walk on Saturday.

The Walk to Save Pecos Road, dubbed an inter-generational event put on in conjunction with the Arizona Senior Olympics (ASO), begins at 9 a.m. at the Park ‘n’ Ride on Pecos Road at 40th Street. Check-in and on-site registration begins at 8 a.m.

Police will close all of Pecos Road at 7:30 a.m.

Registration, which comes with an ASO T-shirt, is $15 for adults and $12 for kids ages 10-17; kids must be 10 years old or older to participate.

The entry fee proceeds benefit ASO, while sponsorship funds — donations based on a per-kilometer rate for the participant — go to PARC for its ongoing effort.

Sponsorship forms are available from Gail Cochrane, PARC communications, at “Save Ahwatukee” PARC T-shirts will be available for $20.

Cochrane said the goal is to raise more than $1,000 with this event to go toward the organization’s overall goal of $500,000. PARC already raised more than $100,000, Cochrane said.

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