Miracle Miles 5K benefits local food charities

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Step by step, area runners took to the street Saturday to help people in need.  More than 200 people took part in the sixth annual Miracle Miles 5K run/walk.  The proceeds from the event go to area food charities.

The event is part of the St. Elizabeth Ann Catholic Church’s Setonfest, a two day event of parish festivities for the church’s members, friends, and neighbors, according to the festival’s website.

Participants paid $15 for preregistration, or $20 to sign up Saturday morning.  While 216 people signed up, the event brought in additional revenue due to additional donations.  Event organizers estimated the day would bring in close to $7,000, which was the total in 2013.

The proceeds from the day will be split, with half going to the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, and the other half going to the Franciscan Center.

“These donations keep things going for us,” said John Martin, a volunteer who heads the Soup Kitchen on the weekends.  “The money will go towards things that aren’t donated that we have to purchase.  Things such as the containers the soup come in, and some of the ingredients for the soup we have to buy.”

Tony Ley, the executive director at the Franciscan Center said it’s donations that keeps the organization running.

“When people put programs together, like these fundraising events, organizations like the Franciscan Center are able to keep their doors open completely,” Ley told NewsChannel 15.

Ley added that his office is in need of food donations, along with medicine and other health and wellness products to stock the shelves.

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