“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.” – Woodrow Wilson- 28th US President
H.O.P.E- Helping Other People Evolve- 5K and 1 Mile walk is a celebration of recovery and hope. All proceeds from the event will go back into the effort to combat the drug epidemic and support recovery. According to Jessie Spaulding, event co-organizer, proceeds will be donated to three local groups supporting recovery efforts – Crossroads Recovery Home, Anchor Point, and The Tug Valley Recovery Shelter.
This 5K/1Mile Walk is supporting a serious cause, but the day will still offer lots of fun. DJ Ralphie Hall will be there to play music and keep everyone moving, while the Mingo County Magistrates will be at the finish line cooking for participants after the race.
This inaugural event is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th beginning at 9 am starting at the Williamson Campus of Southern West Virginia Community College. This will be a timed race with age awards, finisher medals, and t-shirts for those participating. Another unique feature for this race is the registration fee. Instead of paying a flat registration fee, runners and walkers are asked to donate money to the cause any amount they can give! $1.00 to $100.00 and beyond, every donation makes a difference. Event day registration will be open 7:30 am – 8:45 am.
When asked why it’s important for everyone to support this event, Jessie responded, “To give hope back to the hopeless.”
If you would like more information on this event, you can find the event link on Facebook