I, like many others, wondered what kind of weather would be in store for us on April 2. Was it going to be windy and rainy?
Although the morning was chilly for the volunteers who got out of bed early to help the Hunger team set up for the Hunger Run, the weather for the event could not have been more perfect.
We were blessed to have a beautiful, sunny day and a fun, lively event, with over 720 participants.
At 8:45 a.m., participants joining in the Hunger Run made their way to the starting line. The volunteers did a great job at grouping the participants into running waves, so the running course would not get cluttered.
I ended up being the “turtle” for the race, walking at the very end. Fortunately, I had a friend join me and got to enjoy the sun and see all the participants. The water stations were lifesavers. As the day crept on, my friend and I took full advantage of the water that the volunteers set up.
Being the “turtle” was fun! I was able to see all the participants enjoy the 5k, as well as see all the volunteers helping cheer them on. The volunteers’ enthusiasm never wavered. It was great to see all ages get outside and enjoy the Hunger Run, even the young children as their moms pushed them in strollers.
At the end of the 5k, people were able to enjoy the music provided by, 937 the Mountain and Key 101, stop and get some refreshments from Albertsons and Safeway, and enjoy the awards ceremony in the sun. After I finished walking the course, I too, treated myself to a bagel and banana.
A big thank you to all our participants and volunteers. The Hunger Run generated $14,000, not including the race day expenses. This money will go to Second Harvest and the Union Gospel Mission to help feed the hungry in our community.