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The Salvation Army Red Kettle Relay, 5K and Family Fun Run

Run on the Blade Holiday Parade Route before the parade

TOLEDO, Sept. 23, 2019: The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio Area Services has announced open registration for the Sixth Annual Red Kettle Relay, 5K, and Family Fun Run. This community- and family-friendly event will be held in downtown Toledo on November 16, 2019. With partnership from The Blade, the race will again offer the opportunity for participants to run on part of the Blade Holiday Parade Route before the parade.

Proceeds from this race go to help local members of the Greater Toledo community. Last year, more than 29,000 individuals from the community received assistance from the local office. By holding this race annually, the Salvation Army aims to grow their outreach, hoping to aid more community members.

The Salvation Army hopes to spread awareness of its “presence and mission in Northwest Ohio and shine the light on the programs in place to help the marginalized,” says Major Barbara Duperree, Area Coordinator of the Northwestern Ohio Area Services; "the funds from the race will go to serve the needy throughout Northwest Ohio.”

The race also serves as one of the starting events to the Red Kettle Campaign Season. In 2018, bell ringers at more than 30 locations helped to raise more than $249,100 for local efforts, which goes to provide funding for assistance with utilities, food, diapers, prescriptions, and clothing. This outreach covers the five-county area of Lucas, Fulton, Ottawa, Wood, and Henry counties.

Aside from contributing to the Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army hopes that the race will “provide a memorable race experience where families enjoy the day together and kick-off their holiday by contributing to those in need this season,” said Duperree.

Starting at The Blade parking lot in downtown Toledo, race participants will relay, run, or walk on part of the parade route. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate; however, all participants must be able to finish the race within one hour to allow for the parade to begin promptly at 10 a.m. 

Registration for the 5K begins at $25 a participant; registration for the relay starts at $45 for a three-person team. All 5K and relay participants who register by November 1 will receive a t-shirt.

Families are invited to participate in the Family Fun Run, which is a 500-meter race fit for all ages. Families of any size can register for only $5 to participate in this race. T-shirts can be purchased by November 1 for an additional fee. 

For more information, go to www.salvationarmynwohio.org.



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