Running forward and giving back to the homeless
The chilly temperatures and snow didn't stop more than 100 runners from hitting the streets in Traverse City Saturday, all for a great cause.
It was the 5th annual Run For Shelter event, hosted by the Goodwill Inn.
The Goodwill Inn in Traverse City is the largest shelter in Northern Michigan. Last year more than 785 men, women, and children called the inn home.
People of all ages lined up on the starting line bright and early at Willow Hill Elementary School, hoping to raise money for the homeless shelter. It's a special event, especially for those that have benefited from the Goodwill Inn, and are now running to show their appreciation.
"This being the Spring, we're just coming off a long winter," said Run For Shelter Co-Director, Karl Basteian. "We think that helps draw attention to the fact that the homeless are out in this weather. They're out facing these elements and it is really a reminder that not everybody has a nice place to call home. So we want people to be aware of that and we think the run definitely helps reinforce that message."
All of the proceeds from the event go directly to the Goodwill Inn. The event has raised nearly $20-thousand in proceeds over the years to benefit the Goodwill Inn. Organizers tell 7&4 News that they hope to bring the total up to $25-thousand dollars this year.