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The Race 4 Change: NC Citizens Asked to Lace Up for a Good Cause

Photo: The Race 4 Change will raise money for the North Carolina Community Action Association on May 4th. Courtesy: NCCAA
Photo: The Race 4 Change will raise money for the North Carolina Community Action Association on May 4th. Courtesy: NCCAA
March 31, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. - Every year, North Carolina's 40 nonprofit community action agencies serve millions of the state's citizens in need, but recent funding loss from sequestration and a decrease in donations is prompting them to look toward other ways of raising money. This spring, people from around the state are invited to participate in "The Race 4 Change" - a five-kilometer walk-and-run event at the NC State University Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

According to Tiffney Marley, training coordinator for the North Carolina Community Action Association, a race event seemed like a natural fit.

"It just seemed like a no-brainer to give people an opportunity to run or to to walk for a reason, because everybody who participates in this race, they are helping our effort to help people and change lives," she said.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Community Action Association. Member agencies assist disadvantaged and low-income citizens with acquiring job skills, housing, paying utility bills and more. The "Race 4 Change" is scheduled for May 4, and more information can be found at TheRace4Change.org.

In the view of NCCAA executive director Sharon Goodson, the race is symbolic of a statewide effort to help those in need.

"The Race 4 Change" - it is everyone's race," she said. "It's a race about uniting our collective energies to bring about positive change in the lives of low-income North Carolinians."

Tiffney Marley, who is an active runner herself, said her organization is counting on the running community to show up in full force.

"I myself love running, and I do it in my free time, and I will sign up for a race indiscriminately, whether it's for a cause or not, and so I think that this serves as a wonderful opportunity just to call together the entire community."

In addition to the five-k race, participants are encouraged to dress up in '60s, '70s or '80s clothing, and there will be a post-race "Decades Dance Party." Prizes will be awarded. You can also fundraise as a "virtual walker" and be eligible to win prizes just like a regular participant.

Get details at TheRace4Change.org.


Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC