Red Gold announced that the 7th Annual Red Gold Run to Crush Hunger raised $69,608.04 to benefit local Indiana charities. All of the proceeds from the race was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank and the Morrisett Center Food Pantry. For the seventh year in a row, the Run to Crush Hunger united local communities to promote healthy and active lifestyles, while crushing hunger in Central Indiana. With the help of the Virtual Race option, the 10K, 5K and one-mile family walk drew the largest crowd that the Red Gold Run to Crush Hunger has ever had with 1,335 participants from 120 different cities and fourteen states.
“We would like to give a special appreciation to our 2018 Run to Crush Hunger Sponsors, as this event would not be possible without them,” said Kelsi Fullenkamp, Race Director. Many companies joined Red Gold to crush hunger including Platinum Sponsors; BMO Harris Bank, Ardaugh Group, St. Vincent Mercy, E.ON and CareSource. “To everyone who participated, donated, volunteered, or enjoyed a bowl of chili, you have made a huge impact on Crush Hunger Saturday,” said Fullenkamp.
Since the race’s inception in 2012, more than $290,000 has been raised in the effort to fight hunger in local Hoosier communities. “This Madison County celebration is a popular venue, and has quickly become a premier annual celebration that gives back to Indiana small towns and communities in so many ways,” said Tim Ingle, Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Strategy at Red Gold. Also impactful is the amount of Indiana youth and families who continue to participate and benefit more from active lifestyles.
‘Crush Hunger Saturday’, is a family friendly day of fun which includes the Annual Run to Crush Hunger, Annual Red Gold Chili Cook-Off, Colts Blue Saturday, Indiana Craft Beer and Wine Garden, vendor booths and great entertainment. This year marked the 33rd Annual Red Gold Chili Cook-Off and the celebration boasted great attendance and community participation. “The participants, sponsors, community involvement and volunteers were the recipe for success,” says Ingle.
As the event was graced with perfect weather for a fall feast of running, chili and CRUSHING Hunger, Red Gold is excited to carry on the tradition in 2019. The second Saturday of every October will continue to be the date for this fun-filled family weekend. Special thanks go out to the Elwood Chamber of Commerce, Elwood Police Department, Elwood Fire Department, Elwood Streets Department and other city services for all of their efforts in making this day possible! Mark your calendar for October 12, 2019. Registration for the 8th Annual Red Gold Run to Crush Hunger is open! Visit www.RedGold5kRun.com to register and for more event information.