On Saturday, November 4, hundreds of our friends and neighbors ran, danced, skipped and strutted around Lake Montebello for our 2017 Rock Your Socks to Health & Home 5K. And it was hands down the most successful—and enjoyable—5K to date! Here are some top highlights (and photos!)…
Our fundraising efforts broke records
We raised over $65,000 this year—more than any of our previous 5Ks. Thanks to your outreach, organizing and general team spirit, 400-plus people came out for a morning of funky socks and fundraising!
More clients participated than ever before
40 Health Care for the Homeless clients took part in the big day, including 12 clients who volunteered to staff the event. Others ran and walked the 2.5 laps around Lake Montebello. “It was awesome to be able to participate in the 5K,” says Health Care for the Homeless client Mickey who came from our Baltimore County clinic.
Socks were meant for rockin'
Our 5K is a little different from most because, for one thing, it’s full of weird socks. And this year was no exception. See more fun socks here.
Queen D and the dance party
Arguably, the best part of the morning was Queen D’s warm-up. Think: hip-hop dance class meets Zumba. A special thanks to Queen D for getting the blood flowing and our butts moving before we hit the track.
Our sponsors made it happen
We truly couldn’t pull off an event like this without our sponsors. A special thanks to our main sponsor Allegis (for the second year in a row!), as well as Venable for making a special contribution. Also thanks to Carefirst, Marriot, Constellation and Road Runner for sponsoring the event.
Let them eat…donuts
We had some pretty awesome vendors who donated their goodies (including delicious donuts) and their time to support our neighbors without homes. Our race village was hopping, thanks to these in-kind vendors: Donut Stop Believin’, Charm City Coffee Roasters, Cortiva Institute (formerly the Baltimore School of Massage), Smoothie King and Under Armour.
Our biggest fans
If you were out at race day, you might have noticed some extra pep coming from our cheer squad. 42 volunteers cheered, gave out water and helped people register during the busy day.
They came, they saw, they conquered
And the winner goes to (cue drum beat)……
- Highest fundraising team: Solid Case of the Runs (Supportive Housing Coordinator Kim Riopelle’s team)
- Fastest team: Loyola Running Club
- Punk rocker (male): Ethan Sheridan
- Punk rocker (female): April Pierson
- Progressive rocker (male): John Schuerger
- Progressive rocker (female): Jennifer Dantzer
- Classic rocker (male): Mark Williams
- Classic rocker (female) Deirdre Hoey
Way to go, everyone! Want to see how you fared? Check out your time here.
See more photos from the day here, and thank YOU for helping make this year's 5K a success.