Outrunning Homelessness 2014, co-chaired by SOWMA Board of Director members Cathy Adler and Dennis Harkins, race director, attracted over 600 registered participants, more than 20 corporate sponsors, and raised over $40,600, exceeding its target goal by $4,600! Money raised by this event will help SOWMA to continue serving students who have no place to call home.
This year's event was generously supported by anchor sponsor Crescent Credit Union, with additional support from and Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, Columbia Gas, Evolution Sports Performance, Wizard Computer Services, Inc., Mutual Bank, Unity Church of North Easton, Good Samaritan Hospital, Morse Insurance Agency, Cathy Adler and Ellen Dehm, The Richard McGrail Family, Old Colony YMCA, Boston Capital, and Maplewood Country Day Camp.
By once again exceeding its goal, the purpose of SOWMA’s Outrunning Homelessness 5K/2.6 Mile Race & Fun Walk continues and is strengthened--to bring the community together to support SOWMA’s mission of providing academic support and one-on-one tutoring/mentoring to children impacted by homelessness.
With an estimated 44,000 homeless children enrolled in Massachusetts public schools and an estimated dropout rate of more than 75% among homeless teens, SOWMA has seen dramatic growth in the need for its life-changing services.
Dennis Harkins, Outrunning Homelessness Race Co-Director:
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of our runners, walkers, volunteers, friends, family, and board members for your incredible support of Outrunning Homelessness. From both the prospective of a School on Wheels board member and a race director, the participation in this year's event was simply astounding and a true testament to the strong community that has rallied together to support the education of children impacted by homelessness. It makes me so proud to have seen our event grow over the years, and I look forward to seeing the event grow even more in the future."
Cathy Adler, Outrunning Homelessness Race Co-Director:
"We knew going into event day that we had a very nice response from people who wanted to participate as runners or walkers, but the community response from others who volunteered to help on that day was amazing.
We expected those tough runners to show - they'll run through anything, but what happened with volunteers, for me, was just as uplifting as raising money from our participants. In balance, between the number of volunteers who were expected to show up, and the ones who just dropped in to help in any way they could that morning, we had slightly over 100% of the help we needed to make things run smoothly!
It means that the community at-large kept their commitment to SOWMA and its kids; not just with dollars but with "sweat equity". They showed up, some beginning at 5:30 a.m., on a cold, rainy day, with smiles on their faces. All I can do in response to that is to smile myself.”
Cheryl Opper, Executive Director:
"What happened at Borderland Park at our 4th Annual Outrunning Homelessness Race and Walk was simply amazing by all accounts. It was wonderful to see the strong community support of participants and volunteers despite the cold rain and temps. We had people of all ages, families, companies, program partners, dogs, and children running and walking for our kids impacted by homelessness. Our event was bigger and better this year and the weather did not slow us down one bit!!
Truly, it was one of the best days of my life as the founder of School on Wheels. I couldn't have been more proud of our race committee lead by our fearless leaders Cathy and Dennis, as well as our dedicated SOWMA staff, and faithful volunteers. There are no words to express my deep gratitude for the outstanding efforts and support from our community. Your commitment to SOWMA is changing kids' lives everyday in our backyard. How awesome is that!"
Zachary, Stonehill College Student
"On the behalf of everyone from Stonehill, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the amazing experience at the Outrunning Homelessness 2014 event two Saturdays ago. As soon as I got in my car, all I heard was my friends asking me if we could come back next year. Although it was rainy, it was great to spend the morning at the Borderlands Park with good people with a good cause. I'm so glad you surpassed your target goal for the event, and hopefully you'll have us back next year! Thanks again!"
Anita Hart, SOWMA Board Member
"It was great seeing you, your staff, many volunteers and more than 500 runners/walkers create a successful Outrunning Homelessness event on Saturday. The soaking rains certainly didn’t dampen people’s spirits or commitment to the SOWMA mission! As a first-time participant, l was most impressed by the outpouring of support, enthusiasm and commitment of so many individuals who came together to make this annual event a big success – rain or shine!"
2014 - 624 participants and $40, 600 raised