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The First Annual Lexington’s Race Against Hunger successfully took off on Saturday, January 27, 2001 as 400 runners and walkers took to the streets of Lexington. The event raised the community’s awareness level towards world and local hunger as over $10,000 was sent to the charities of World Vision and Souper Bowl of Caring.

The 10K run had over 200 participants, including wheelchair and inline skate participants. The 5K fitness-walk had 190 participants. We also had visiting missionaries participate in the event. Dr. Martha Sommers, surgeon serving in Africa, participated in the 5k; Dr. and Irma de la Torre who serve in Kenya were honorary starters of the 5K fitness walk, and Bill and Lois Anderson who has served in Kenya and Uganda with 35 years of work in the Sudan were honorary 10K starters; In addition, Bill Anderson was our speaker at the awards ceremony.

The event was such a success due to so many people pulling together to make it work. Thanks to all who made this a success. To name a few, Reverend Bill Green walked the entire 10K course under two hours for an anonymous donation of $5,000 to the charities, the Lexington Police Department who handled course traffic logistics and recruited 70 officers from seven law enforcement divisions, WIS-TV and WMHK for getting the word out, the over 60 volunteers that helped out on event day, and our event committee comprised of Laura Shealy, David Crocker, Karen Shamburg, Ralph Mayer, Leila Balliet, and Joe Walker.

Thanks to everyone for helping to make a difference.