A brisk, sunny Saturday morning greeted runners & walkers who joined the enthusiastic crowd of Hunger Run participants on the Clinton Square. Organizers of the 2nd annual 5K fundraiser on March 15 say well over 200 individuals of all ages gathered for the event, some visiting from as far away as Minnesota.
Music, dance, and even an unexpected appearance of “leprechauns” courtesy of Dr. David Warren & family contributed to the lively & upbeat scene. KHPQ Radio broadcasted live at the finish line, starting with top finisher Homer Mason of Witts Springs, AR as he finished the challenging 3.1 mile course in just over 18 minutes. The top overall finishers, and the top 5 finishers in each age group of runners and walkers, male and female, received medals for their efforts. Participants’ ages ranged from 4 to 81.
Race founder Whitteni Hale describes the project as a way to get all ages and fitness levels involved to impact the community in a fun, family-friendly way. Runner & walker registrations, donations, and sponsorships from local businesses all help the initiative raise money to benefit the Van Buren County food banks. Last year, the Hunger Run raised a combined total of $4,000 for Clinton’s “Foods for Life” and the Choctaw Food Bank. This year’s event topped the previous year in both attendance and sponsorships, raising an impressive $5,000 to be divided between the two food banks.
Organizers are grateful for the support of many individuals who joined their volunteer efforts. The 3rd Annual Hunger Run is scheduled for March 28, 2015. Anyone who is interested in being a part of the team effort is invited to get in touch via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the 2014 Hunger Run board present the $5,000 donation.
Left to right: Betty & Scott Spencer of Foods for Life, Leah Sexton, Jessica Crabtree, Claude & Karin Ruiz (Choctaw Food Bank),
Meagin Warren, Colton & Cadence Warren