The program has raised $362,000 in its 10 years, according to race director Keri Polowy of the Morrison Family YMCA. This year’s proceeds will benefit the after school and camps programs at the Steele Creek YMCA.
“We raise money so families in need, especially single-income families or families who need care for their children in after school but can’t provide for it, we provide it for them and give them that piece of mind while they’re at work,” Polowy said.
The event continues to grow every year as more runners sign up to race, or leisurely stroll, through the streets of Ballantyne. There were at least 62 teams to take part this year, with St. Matthew Catholic alone bringing more than 140 participants, Polowy said.
“This year we were just so pleased,” Polowy said of seeing the most runners ever for the event, at 2,523 people. “Every year we gain more and more runners. It makes us extremely excited but also extremely nervous. We want to make sure our runners have a great experience.”
In addition to the 10K, 5K and fun run, the event included a children’s area with inflatables, local sports mascots and an impromptu dance party.
Find more information about the event at www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/morrison. (Photo courtesy of Morrison Family YMCA)