The Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home held its first virtual 18th Annual Walk/Run for Families in Crisis on Saturday, June 27.
Event officials say more than 500 people participated in the all-day event, which included a competitive 5K, a one-mile fun walk and a family scavenger hunt.
Many participants said they enjoyed the event, in which they got to choose the time and place to run – including neighborhood sidewalks, permitted trails and even on treadmills.
“My kids and hubby surprised me with a toilet paper finish line,” said participant Luz Munoz. “This was my first official 5K ever, and I’m so proud it was in support of such a wonderful organization. I’m hooked!”
What also made this year’s event unique was that many more out-of-town participants got to join in on the fun, including several former children and staff from the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home.
“It was so exciting to see that out-of-towners competed as individuals or helped make up large teams, and many of them were in some way connected to El Paso,” said Renée Tanner, Chief Executive Officer for the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home.
“Some came from as far as Oregon and Pennsylvania. It just goes to show that they will always be a part of El Paso, and we’re just so grateful to live in a day and age when virtual events like these are possible.”
All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the children and families served by the Home and will help cover the cost of meals throughout the year. The Home spends about $78,000 on food annually.