The Bridge-Children’s Advocacy Center and Get Fit Amarillo teamed up for their annual Hot Blooded run event on Saturday, July 30, when racers lined up in the rain to partake in the run.
There were three different distance races. A 1-mile run, 5k run and a 10k run all took place, with more than 200 runners from all ages and backgrounds going the Wolflin neighborhood, starting in front of the Get Fit location on Georgia.
“I love giving back to the community and organizations. The Bridge does such good things and are such good advocates for these kids. I am thankful that the community comes out for such a good cause,” said Karen Roberts, owner and race director of Get Fit and Hot-Blooded Race.
The Bridge is a nonprofit that is a safe haven for children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse in all 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. All the services provided by the Bridge are free, and they provide interactive education to prevent child abuse.
“This event is very important for us because it helps us raise funds for our agency, but it also helps us partner with companies and organizations outside of ours. They help us get our mission out and spread the word on how to protect children and help families get back to normal after a crisis event of sexual or physical abuse,” said Shelly Bohannon, executive director of The Bridge.
A portion of the funds raised from the event go right back into The Bridge.
“It’s a great time to come together. So many people are coming together. We went through that time where we couldn’t be together, so this is refreshing to see people come out even in the rain,” Bohannon said.
A mother-daughter duo, Harper, 8, and her mother Katie Hurt, took this opportunity to run the mile run together. Harper and Katie were the first to burst through the finish line. Harper explained, “The last bit was the hardest part because we had to run super-fast, but winning felt good. Me and my mom trained by running.”
“I’m a runner, so when I saw that there was a shorter distance race, I asked Harper if she wanted to run with me and she agreed. Running with her was the best part. I got into running when my brother passed away a few years ago, and the Hope and Healing half marathon is where you can run in memory of a lost loved one, making running a helpful outlet for me. Once I realized I was fast, I stuck with it. Karen always puts on these great events that are so helpful,” Katie Hurt said. “It doesn’t matter if you are the first person or the last to cross the finish line; the running community will be there to cheer you on.”
For more information on The Bridge upcoming events, visit: https://www.bridgecac.org/ .
For more information on Get Fit, visit: mygetfitplace.com .