Virtual Scare Away Hunger 5K
Neighborhood House Scare Away Hunger 5K Run/Walk Goes Virtual
Get involved in the fight against hunger by participating in the 10th annual 5K run/walk.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – In order to practice social distancing, Neighborhood House has decided to host their Scare Away Hunger 5K run/walk virtually. For this virtual 5K, you can choose one of the three suggested routes or choose a route wherever you would like between October 1-18. You can run, walk, or jog the distance to complete your entry. This is a great opportunity for runners, walkers, and families to get outdoors while helping those less fortunate right here in our community.
Every year, this event draws competitive runners, strolling families, and everyone in between. Although this event will look different this year, some suggested routes will be provided that include Scare Away Hunger’s previous routes from 2012 and our most recent route starting from the Rochester University Campus. The 3 suggested route options will take runners past the Neighborhood House main office, Clothes Closet, and Food Pantry.
“The benefit of a virtual 5K is the flexibility,” says Sally Anglim, Scare Away Hunger Race Director. “You can run, walk, or even use a treadmill on your own time – whichever you prefer, and there’s a virtual community participating with you while raising funds for an important cause.”
Due to COVID-19, Neighborhood House has experienced an increase in need and a decrease in fundraising events. Because of this, Neighborhood House has created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund with a goal of $914,000. Funds raised at this event support the Neighborhood House COVID-19 Emergency Fund in efforts to continue providing programs such as emergency financial assistance, the Food Pantry, the Clothes Closet, transportation, educational classes, counseling, and more for struggling families in the greater Rochester and Auburn Hills areas.
“We are so excited to host the 10th annual Scare Away Hunger 5K Run/Walk,” Kathy Losinski, Executive Director, Neighborhood House, said. “Since COVID-19 hit, we have experienced a 70% increase in need at our food pantry. This is an excellent opportunity to bring awareness and support to the services Neighborhood House provides to local individuals and families in crisis.”
Race registration is $30 per person and $25 per student. Participants who register as a family or a group also receive a discount. In order to be guaranteed your t-shirt and medal in time for the race period, you must register by September 15th. Race participants will be able to pick up their t-shirt and medal at the Neighborhood House Food Pantry on September 30. When registering, you can select if you would like to pick up a kid’s craft bag as well. Each craft bag will contain a pumpkin, paint, coloring materials, and other goodies. Participants are encouraged to bring food donations to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry when picking up the t-shirts, medals, and kids craft bags.
For registration and more information, visit www.ranh.org/sah. Interested in sponsoring? Contact us at email@example.com 248-651-5836 ext. 17.
Thank you to our sponsors Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Sinclair Wealth Management, InTouch Credit Union, Team Fioroni/Merrill, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, State Farm/Mike Bashore Agency, Atlas Jewelers, Mattina, Kent, and Gibbons, St. Paul's United Methodist Church - Rochester Family Life Class, Kruk Cards, Roger Smith Family, Kiwanis Club Of Rochester, and Jezewski Evans Family.
About Neighborhood House:
Neighborhood House serves Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township. They provide rent and utility financial assistance, operate a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, offer transportation services, provide counseling, facilitate many educational programs for families in need, and more. Last year, Neighborhood House's programs helped over 3,000 households on their path from financial crisis to self-sustainability. Fundraising events, including Scare Away Hunger, are crucial to the success of Neighborhood House. You can follow Neighborhood House on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NHsince1968/.