Why Free Leftovers Offer Meals, Homes and Hope

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Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving Leftovers?! To go with the Thanksgiving theme, Why Racing Events is hosting a FREE LEFTOVERS 5K Run/Walk.

This will be a no-frills, virtual event taking place November 21-29, 2020 to benefit Share. There is no registration fee; instead, a minimum $10 donation to Share is requested. Register online at WHYracingevents.com or leftovers5k.raceroster.com.

But, even with a virtual race, SWAG is just part of the fun. In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, the Leftover Race swag will be just that… You will be surprised to find out whether you will be awarded the finisher of a marathon, a triathlon, or an ultra-trail run!

“The event is designed to inspire self-care and help Share’s vital programs at the same time,” said Sherri McMillian, owner of Why Racing Events and Northwest Personal Training. “Each registrant will receive high-quality leftover SWAG from various events over the year, which is how the name was created. So you might get a technical short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt from one race and a medal from another. Participants will also get a bag full of goodies from local businesses.”

“We are grateful to Why Racing Events for hosting this virtual event on Share’s behalf. The population we serve is a vulnerable one and this crisis has only made their daily lives much more difficult—accessing meal and food programs, securing employment or housing, paying monthly bills, and caring for themselves and their family,” said Diane McWithey, executive direct of Share. “This event is a perfect way for people to step up their exercise regime in preparation for the big meals and special treats that come with the holidays. And they’ll be supporting those most in need at the same time.”

Why Racing has set a goal to make this the biggest run/walk event the community has ever experienced and a wildly successful fundraiser for Share.

The run/walk is a 5K event that can be completed anytime between November 21 to 29 and anywhere, such as a participant’s neighborhood, along a local path, even a treadmill.

Overall and age group awards will be provided to top finishers and all runners/walkers will receive a finishers’ certificate. An official photo album and video will be created and Why Racing Events will host a virtual awards ceremony.

About Why Racing Events

“Regardless of your WHY, we are all united on a mission to improve our own health and fitness while building our community, giving back and improving the lives of those in need. We operate from a belief system that if we all give a little, it adds up to a whole lot. Together, collectively, we can achieve the extraordinary. Why Racing Events Inc. offers athletes of all abilities, from the elite level to the back of the packers, the chance to successfully train for and complete various types of races including fun runs, triathlons, adventure events and more while raising awareness and funds for important community causes. We will provide you with the guidance, support, resources and various types of training programs to help inspire you every step of the way.”

About Share

“Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates four shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, provides case management to clients and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,680 children at 94 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.”

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