The Woodward News

September 19, 2013

Run for Shelter Saturday

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — It's no small thing when a charity run lasts for 13 years, said Western Plains Youth Shelter Director Kevin Evans.

Woodward's Annual Run for the Shelter, has done just that.

Runners for the shelter took their inaugural spin around the track in the fall of 2001, Evans said.

"Usually when a race lasts three or four years, it is successful but to keep it going 13, we that is very special," he said.

Saturday will mark the 13th running of the Western Plain Youth and Family Services Annual Run for the Shelter.

Registration for the 5K and the 1 mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. at Cedar Heights Elementary School and the race will kick off at 9 a.m., Evan said.

When the race began 13 years ago, Evans said it raised about $5,000 for the shelter.

"We had like 50 runners then," he said. "This year, we are expecting well over 100 runners, probably 125 will be there."

In 2012, Evans said the race garnered the youth shelter more than $20,000.

It is money the shelter uses to support school children with soft needs, such as clothing for school and school supplies that would otherwise not be covered under the regular operating budget of the shelter, he said.

Tuesday, Evans said there were six children living at the shelter who are attending school.

"But the number changes almost daily," he said. "This money just allows us to do some extra things for the kids."

Whether it is the race or the Gala, this community has supported us, Evan said.

The Christmas Gala, a fund raising auction and dinner was also a success, Evans said.

"Last year was our first Gala and we will be doing it again this year," he said.

Racers in Saturday's race will get a long-sleeved T shirt and there will be donated refreshments after the race.