By Brittnany Hoback
Special to The Beacon
River Cities Harvest is hosting its 5th annual Trail Run Against Hunger on August 1 at Greenbo Lake State Park. This fundraising event will feature a 7-mile competitive trail run on the Michael Tygart Loop Trail and a 3.5-mile hiking option. Registration for both races will begin at 8:00 am at the Marina and the gun will go off at 8:30 am.
Racers will test their skills as they crisscross Pruitt Fork Creek past abandoned home sites from the 1800’s and a variety of plant and animal life. The shade from the trees will keep racers cool as they follow the lakeshore on to victory. Medals will be given to the top two finishers in each age category for both the men and women competitors. We will have cold refreshments, hot dogs and corn on the cob cooked on the grill after the race to satisfy your postrace hunger. Our generous sponsors have donated some great door prizes that all racers will be eligible for with their race entry. Cost for the race is $20 for early registrants, $25 for the day of the race and $18 team pricing for teams of 5 or more. We are urging racers to sign up early to guarantee custom race t-shirts. Visit TriStateRacer.com for details.
All proceeds from race entries and sponsorship will go directly to funding our mission against hunger. River Cities Harvest partners with the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, WV and Feeding America on a national level to secure surplus food from restaurants, supermarkets and retailers to then redistribute to our local agencies.
Food that would normally be thrown away is made available to our agency and we distribute more than 500,000 pounds of food each year to 35 different agencies feeding the hungry in Kentucky and Ohio. River Cities Harvest also partners with the Boyd County Extension Office on two large seasonal projects- our educational Nutrition Program and a three way partnership with the Federal Correctional Institution’s Master Gardner Program, where the inmates grow and donate over 30,000 pounds of fresh produce annually.
This food stream significantly reduces the funding needed by each agency to purchase food from retail suppliers, thus allowing them to expand their services. As a volunteer-driven organization, maintaining a high public profile is a key component of our success. By increasing awareness of the need in our area and the help that can be given by food rescue, we hope to increase perishable food donations, our volunteer base, and the agencies served.
However, food donations do not always span all the food groups. Monetary donations and support of fundraisers such as the Trail Run Against Hunger provide us with the much needed funding to purchase those needed items. We often have a great demand for protein items such as peanut butter, canned meats, and dairy products. We hope to see a lot of participants in this year’s race so that we can purchase those items to provide to our partner agencies. Our community’s generosity enables us to continue our mission of providing supplemental assistance to the 35 agencies in our area. Support the 2015 Trail Run Against Hunger at Greenbo Lake State Park on August, 1st at the Marina to help us continue the fight against hunger. Registration is at 8:00 am and the race will start at 8:30 am.
Check us out on TriStateRacer.com. Follow the River Cities Harvest page on Facebook to stay in touch with our organization.
If you have any questions about the race or how you can help, please call 606-324-FOOD.