Citrus County Blessings will host third annual 5k race

Many children help support the awareness for hunger by participating in the charity benefit. (Photo: Supplied)

Many children helped support the awareness for hunger by participating in the charity benefit lats year. (Photo: Supplied)

Citrus County Blessings is sponsoring their third annual 5k run and one mile walk/run. All proceeds will be going to “silence the hunger,” which helps the hungry. The run takes place Feb.23, 2013, at Citrus Hills in Hernando, FL.

Race coordinator Elisabeth Moore how she hopes the number of participants will increase from last year and the overall importance of the race will increase this year.

“We had over 300 runners last year and expect more this year. This year we have added a 10k run, the very first in Citrus County. So if you are a runner and really want to challenge yourself with a little more in distance running, this is for you,” said Moore. “The race is local in Citrus Hills, and all the money raised stays in the county and will go to buying food. Come out and take part in any capacity. Run, walk, raise funds by putting teams together, or volunteer on race day.”

Students at Lecanto High School would give money even if they did not have to run.

“I would [donate] because I am not a good runner, and plus, I really don’t like to run, so I would just give the money because I am still doing good for other people,” said freshman Tyler Gomez.

Others, while not being the best at running, would give it a shot in order to benefit the community.

“I would try to run, although I am not good at it, because I like being helpful, and if running is helping others, I would happily try,” said sophomore Wrenda Witt.

Moore tries to inspire students at LHS to participate in the run and help feed the hungry.

“The Blessings Walk is the sponsors biggest fundraiser of the year. They encourage all local public schools to help them raise money so that they may be able continue to pack backpacks with food for kids. We would welcome, and in fact, encourage high school students to come out and have a table to promote your school,” said Moore.