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For the Munson-Warnkens of Burlington, the Vermont City Marathon is a family affair. Dad Wayne is running the whole race — accompanied for the first 5K by Luca, 5, who will be riding on his balance bike. Mom Megan and sons Mark, 11, and Fisher, 8, are part of a relay team supporting Outright Vermont. The 25-year-old, Burlington-based nonprofit provides support and activities for queer youth. The weekend before the big race, the fast-moving family of five is hosting an Outright Vermont Pasta Party — for the fourth year in a row — to raise money and awareness for the organization. Guests contribute what they would spend for a night out; the Munson-Warnkens provide the food and drinks. Last year, their efforts netted just over $1,600. "As a father, I want my children to know they are loved no matter what," says Wayne. "I think running with Outright Vermont is a great way to demonstrate that."

Outright Vermont Pasta Party: Saturday, May 17. For more information, email Wayne at wayne.warnken@gmail.com. Donate to the Munson-Warnken's fundraising campaign at crowdrise.com/TeamOutrightVT2014/fundraiser/munsonwarnken.

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