Source: The Reporter
By: Gary Puelo
LANSDALE>>A fundraiser for a serious cause may be set for April Fools’ Day, but the joke will be on hunger when hundreds take to the streets of Lansdale for the Sixth Annual Race to End Hunger.
The April 1 5K and 5-mile race will benefit Lansdale-based food pantry and soup kitchen Manna on Main Street, which in 2016 provided not only food but emergency financial aid, counseling, referrals and education opportunities for nearly 3,000 individuals.
Registration (mannaonmain.org/5K) deadline is March 25, at a cost of $40.
“We do accept ‘day of’ registration but it is $5 more,” noted Paige Harker, Manna’s development officer. “We encourage everyone to preregister to help minimize last minute registrations.”
Run the Day will keep the diehard runners happy with its professional chip timing services for the 5-mile and 5K races, but strollers are encouraged to have their day in the sun as well, in the Fun Run, an easygoing untimed event where kids who are six and under join in for free.
Parents are asked to email Maureen (email@example.com) for details.
In addition to plenty of post-race activities that include food, vendors, giveaways and live music, the Shopping Cart Challenge, which has boosted the fun quotient for the last few years, brings “grocery gathering” into the mix as teams of four collect food to compete in a 50-yard shopping cart relay dash. Organizers provide the carts and participants bring the food.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest team, the team that collects the most food, and the teams with the best costumes and cart decorations.
The annual 5K, which will be held at Knapp Elementary School, 698 Knapp Road, Lansdale, is Manna’s biggest fundraiser and attracts hundreds of runners, rain or shine.
Even though the clouds opened up on the race a few years back, the event still drew more than 300 participants.
“Ending Hunger, Building Community, Transforming Lives — that is truly why we do what we do,” noted Suzan Neiger Gould, Manna’s executive director, referring to the charity’s motto. “Manna is a place of hope for so many in our community. For the families and individuals who dine in our soup kitchen, shop in our food pantry, participate in our education programs and turn to us for help in times of crisis, Manna is a place where they find a caring community with a smile. We invite everyone to join us on race day and help raise the critical funds to help us feed and care for our neighbors in need.”
Confirmed sponsors of Race to End Hunger include LAFS; Brittany Pointe Estates Residents Association; Cannoneers Sportsmens Club; CM3 Building Solutions; Fiber-Line; Fingerpaint Marketing; Lansdale Warehouse; North Penn Rotary Club Charitable Foundation; QNB and SKF America.
For sponsorship information visit mannaonmain.org/5K.