Crazy K going on Hiatus after 5-Year Run

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CHAMPAIGN – Car-X Crazy K will be taking a hiatus after a successful five-year run to retool and reevaluate the location, structure, format and goals for the fundraising event.

The Crazy K is put on by Car-X, which is a chain of automotive repair centers owned and operated by Parham Parastaran located throughout the United States. Parastaran owns 18 locations in Illinois and Iowa.

The event puts a twist on the traditional 5K run, according to the Crazy K website. Participants race over, around, under and through 5 kilometers of various obstacles and challenges at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

In the past five years, the Crazy K has brought in over 6,000 participants and raised over $300,000 for more than 30 local charities. This culminated in a record year in 2015.

The organizers for Crazy K say they would like to thank all of the participants for the “tremendous outpouring of support” since the event’s kickoff in 2011. They are extending a special thanks to their volunteers in the community and Car-X employees who have donated their time to making the event a success.

“Without the huge number of volunteers and the thousands of people who embraced the spirit of the Crazy K, we would have never been able to have so much fun while helping so many people right here in our community,” says founder and host Parastaran.

Organizers say there are tentative plans for the Crazy K to return in 2017, but no definitive timetable has been set.

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