EASLEY — United Christian Ministry’s Feet for Heat 5K race is coming up this weekend and executive director Teresa Nash is feeling nothing but good vibes as the relief organization takes its mission to the street for the fifth time.
“I think it’s going to go really well,” she said. “We have really good sponsors lined up, we have some awesome door prizes and registration so far is up from where it has been in previous years.”
The race, which takes off from the South First Street entrance of Old Market Square in downtown Easley not only serves to raise awareness for the many services UCM provides, but to bring in some much needed funds as well.
“The month of August and then going into September are always taxing on our resources,” said Nash. “We gave out $15,000 to $20,000 in utility assistance during that time.
“People know we’re a food pantry but we do so much more. Everyone knows someone who is going through a hard time because they lost a job or had a child diagnosed with some sort of illness or had a relationship sour — any of these things can really have an effect on a household’s finances.”
Nash also stated the Summer months are particularly rough as power bills often skyrocket to keep the heat at bay.
“It’s hot out there,” she said. “Even if you’re not running your AC all the time, it’s still going to creep up on you. This race helps remind people we’re here.”
The 5K has a $35.00 registration fee for participants but Nash said not to let the distance scare you.
“Plenty of people walk it, you don’t have to be out there sprinting,” she laughed. “And if the 5K is too much, there’s a shorter one mile course as well.”
Registration for the races may be done online at www.ucmpc.org or in person on the day of the race.
“I think the weather’s going to even cooperate with us, it’s really shaping up to be a great time,” said Nash.
United Christian ministry’s fifth annual Feet for Heat 5K kicks off this Saturday. Race day registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the race itself at 9 a.m.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.