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
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.