Annual Rescue Run Leads Christmas Parade

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Topeka Rescue Mission’s seventh annual Rescue Run is scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m. for the inaugural invitational and 5 p.m. for the traditional run on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 534 S Kansas Avenue, in front of the Bank of America building.

This fundraising event for the Mission features a 5K run and 1.5-mile walk in and around downtown Topeka. For 2012 the Rescue Run has been designated as the Road Runners Club of America Midwest Regional 5K Championship for thirteen Midwest states.

In 2011, the event brought in $29,575 with 807 participants. So far, the Mission has raised more than $26,367.74 with 458 runners and walkers pre-registered. Proceeds will benefit the Mission by enabling it to continue to shelter and care for the countless men, women and
children who are homeless or in need that pass through its doors on a daily basis.

"We have seen record numbers of individuals coming through the doors of the Topeka Rescue Mission for assistance this past year," said Barry Feaker, Topeka Rescue Mission Executive Director. "Plans are well underway for the establishment of a new shelter facility which will help to assist in the growing needs of our homeless neighbors. We are grateful for the continued generosity and support of our community and look forward to continuing to work together to
help those among us who are in great need."

This year the community will also have the opportunity to donate new toys or other inkind items at a drop-off location in the Bank of America lobby on Kansas Avenue during event registration. The Mission will donate these gifts to local residents in need.

People interested in running or walking in the Rescue Run on Saturday can register and see the race route at Registration is $35 on race day and $30 before race day.