12-hour Run to End Homelessness on June 7

Global Running Day is Wednesday, June 7, and RunningWorks is hosting our second annual 12-hour Run To End Homelessness in Uptown Charlotte.

Held the first Wednesday of June, Global Running Day is all about celebrating the sport of running. Running is not just for racers and marathoners. It’s a sport that people of a variety fitness levels can enjoy. Many organizations across the country use Running Day to bring awareness to special causes impacting their communities. Naturally, RunningWorks is using the day to raise awareness of issues impacting those who are homeless or living in poverty in the Carolinas.

“We also feel it’s important to show gratitude on Global Running Day to those who are helping us in our fight against homelessness and poverty,” said RunningWorks Founder and Executive Director Meredith Dolhare. “Since we started the program five years ago, so many people in the community and local businesses have gone above and beyond to help us combat homelessness in the Carolinas. We could not do what we do without the support of the community behind us.”

Danny Schwippert (right) and his friend Jerry (left) have pledged to run 40 miles on Global Running Day in an effort to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness in the Carolinas.

Danny Schwippert (left) and his friend Jerry (right) have pledged to run 40 miles on Global Running Day in an effort to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness in the Carolinas.

When it comes to giving back to his community, Danny Schwippert whole-heartedly believes in the motto “Go Big or Go Home.” Schwippert is celebrating his 40th birthday on Global Running Day and has decided the mark the milestone with a big show of support for his neighbors in need. For Global Running Day, Schwippert and a friend have each pledged to run 40 miles. Their 30-mile route will start at his home in Indian Land, SC and finish in Uptown Charlotte, where he will kick off the Run to End Homelessness and run the remaining 10 miles with the RunningWorks team.

Schwippert created a “40 for 40” Crowdrise page with a goal of raising a $400 donation for RunningWorks. He quickly exceeded his goal, raising over $1,000 in just 10 days.

“When I started this fundraiser I had no idea what to expect and I was struggling to define a goal amount,” he wrote in an update to his supporters. “With all your great support we reached that goal already.”

After reaching his goal, Schwippert decided to raise the bar, increasing his goal to $2,000 just two days before the big run. Visit Crowdrise.com to read more and follow Schwippert’s progress.

Sponsors for this year’s Run to End Homelessness include Wheelhouse Foundation, Just Fresh, Elevation Church, Trinity Partners, Performance Therapy, Sisu Events, Start 2 Finish Event Management, Eat the Bear, Atlantic Dealer Services, LaCa Projects, Windsor Jewelers, Estelle’s, Ragnar Relays, Run For Your Life, Bella Tunno, Feetures, Asahi Kasei, Charlotte Ultra Running and Charlotte Running Company.

The 12-hour run will begin at 6 a.m. on the corner of Trade and Tryon Street. RunningWorks team members and community volunteers will run relay-style for 12 hours. We are also setting up a tent in the city square to distribute information about homelessness in the Carolinas and our efforts to combat homelessness and poverty.

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, please email us at info@runningworks.org.

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