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Run for Shelter supporting Saint John’s ‘at risk’ population

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 6, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Last year’s Run for Shelter helped Saint John’s “at risk” men and women. This year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, has expanded to include the city’s youth in need.
Partners for Youth, an organization working with youth in transition to help them toward independence, has come on board as one of the organizations benefiting from the second annual fundraiser. It joins Outflow Ministry, which owns and operates the city’s men’s homeless shelter and works with those at risk for poverty, addictions and more; and Coverdale Centre for Women, which provides similar services for women and families.
“It was just a desire to create a stronger voice by coming together to show we’re trying to tackle issues on a unified front,” said Sean Bosse of Outflow, one of the event’s race directors.

The second annual Run for Shelter will take place at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John, N.B. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Shown here are volunteers with some of the hardware at last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Sean Bosse

“It’s not necessarily a competition for dollars, it’s acknowledging the great work these other organizations are doing, and coming together to create a stronger voice and letting the community know we want to work together to have the best impact on the lives of the people who need help.”
The result of this effort is the Run for Shelter, a 5K run/walk at the Irving Nature Park that also includes a 1K kids’ run, and a 5K virtual option for those who cannot be there in person.
Having seen what the running community was able to do for other organizations, and knowing there was already great infrastructure in place for putting on such an event, the decision to put on a run was an easy one, according to Bosse. And the success of last year’s Run for Shelter proved it was the right move.
“When we first looked at doing it, some of the feedback we got was people telling us not to be disappointed or discouraged, because it can take a couple years to grow the voice for the event,” he recalled. “We ended up getting over 200 people for a first-time event, and it even surprised a lot of the people who were helping us get it off the ground.”
The event raised almost $20,000, and organizers are hoping to raise the same amount or more this year. All proceeds go directly to the programs offered by the three organizations, according to Bosse.
For more on the Run for Shelter, visit here .