theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

November 13, 2013

5K run to raise funds to feed hungry children

Eric Swanson Staff Writer adanewsreporter@cableone.net
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Ada — People who enjoy going for a run in the evening will get a chance to lace up their track shoes and help an Ada nonprofit later this month.

Registration is already under way for the Hunger Run Night Games 5K event, an outdoor glow run set for Nov. 23 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex. Participants may sign up in advance at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/95798, or they may register at the door.

Registration at the door will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 23, and the event will start at 7. The sign-up fee is $40 per person, which includes a commemorative T-shirt.

More than 100 runners have signed up for the event so far, and organizers are hoping to attract at least 200, said Justin Presley, president of the nonprofit organization In or Out Faith Ministries.

“Two hundred is my goal,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Two hundred would be awesome.”

In or Out is hosting the event, which is designed to raise funds to feed schoolchildren who might otherwise go hungry during the holidays.

Runners will wear glowing apparel for the 5K, which will begin on the south side of the Agri-Plex. The 5K will continue north on a designated route, ending on the north side as runners enter the banquet room. Water and snacks will be available, as well as music and activities for kids.

“It’s more than just a 5K,” Presley said. “We want this to be a community event.”

Presley’s goal is to help children in the Food for Kids Backpack Program, which helps chronically hungry students. The program, which is run by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, gives participating children backpacks filled with food for weekends and school holidays.

Presley said the 5K will generate between $20,000 and $25,000 in entry fees and donations from Ada businesses and churches. The money will be used to provide food for hungry children during the two-week Christmas break, when school will not be in session.

He said the event started out as a fundraiser for students at one school, but is has grown to include three other schools.

“The community has definitely embraced the idea,” he said.