CONCORD, NH — Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Concord, Manchester, and Dover, based homeless services provider, will host its fifth annual Wicked FIT Run at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Rollins Park, Concord. The certified 5K course will provide runners and walkers the opportunity to support FIT in their efforts of providing a home and hope to homeless families and individuals, according to a press statement.
This year’s goal is to have 1,000 runners/walkers in hopes that they, along with corporate sponsorships, will raise $51,500 to help “chase away homelessness.” It is a family-friendly, costume-themed, event. This dollar amount will enable Families in Transition – New Horizons to provide 34 families housing and services for one month. Any individual or team that raises over $500 will be titled a “Wicked FIT Superhero” and given a specially designed shirt.
“In 2015, we received almost 5,000 requests for housing and were able to provide housing and social services to over 600 people, half of whom were children,” said Maureen Beauregard, president and Founder of Families in Transition – New Horizons. “The need is real. Our Wicked FIT Run is a fun way to get the community involved with helping to find a solution to homelessness in our community.”
People are encouraged to create teams and dress in costume. Prizes will be awarded in several costume categories, as well as race finish times.
The cost to register, if done before noon on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, is $25 for adults over age 20, $15 for individuals aged 11-19, and free for kids under 10. To register as an individual or team go tofitnh.org/wickedfitrun . All pre-registered runners and walkers are invited to attend a free pasta dinner courtesy of the Concord Food Coop the night before the race. Same day registrations for the race will be permitted, but will cost an additional $5 per person.
In addition to the 5K, there will be a Kids FUN Course that will feature obstacles, team mascots, and prizes. Children eight years old and under are invited to participate in this free course which begins at 9:00 AM.
The lead event sponsors include Spectrum Marketing Companies, Bank of New Hampshire, Granite State Credit Union, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Well Sense Health Plan, and SweetShot Photography.
Families in Transition – New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides.
Submitted by Michele Talwani.