Syracuse, NY — Runners and walkers will brave the winter elements in support of ending homelessness at the Rescue Mission’s annual Freeze Out 5K. Slated for Friday, February 15, at Onondaga Community College, proceeds from this glow-in-the-dark 5K support the Rescue Mission’s work to provide emergency shelter and support programs for those experiencing homelessness.
The Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter has seen record need this winter, with all 183 beds for women and men filled nearly every night. Many nights the organization has accommodated additional guests in an overflow area in its day center lobby.
The Freeze Out 5K starts at 7 pm, and is timed and USATF-certified. To register, visit FreezeOut5K.com. Registration is $35, or $15 for participants who raise $100 or more. Participants receive a glow accessory, T-shirt and finisher’s medal.
The Freeze Out 5K includes an after-party in the SRC Arena with food and drink samplings and music by Letiza & the Z Band. There will be basket raffles, food and drink samples for everyone!
Event sponsors are Anytime Fitness, Brophy Services, Bull & Bear Road House, CNY Racing, Costco, Earth Day Half Marathon, IBU Syracuse, Inficon, Kinney Drugs, Leone Timing, Miller Lite, Mission District Catering, Monster Energy, Original Grain, OZ Running Club, Starbucks, Walmart, 93Q Radio, XO Taco.
The nonprofit Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse operates programs to end homelessness and hunger in Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca. In Syracuse, programs include a 183-bed emergency shelter for men and women, a day center, permanent affordable housing, and case management to help individuals experiencing homelessness connect with employment, education, health care, or other services they need to leave homelessness behind.
The Rescue Mission’s Syracuse Food Service Center provides three meals every day of the year, and served 243,631 meals in the organization’s 2018 fiscal year. In Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca, the Rescue Mission provided a total of 99,657 overnight stays in emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing for men, women and children experiencing homelessness.