Running to fill up the Blaine Food Bank

Published on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 by Quinn Welsch

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Blaine residents Greg and Konni Nuzum are hosting a seven-mile fun run in an effort to boost food collections at the Blaine Food Bank, on Saturday, February 8 at Blaine High School. Greg Nuzum’s employer, Nature’s Path Foods, Inc., will match the amount of food and money donated pound-for-pound and dollar-for-dollar, Greg said.

Runners will begin at the high school parking lot and will make their way through downtown to Marine Park, on to Peace Portal Way and then loop back to the high school. The run is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. but the food truck will be there at 9 a.m. to collect donations. Hundreds of participants are expected to show up, Greg said.

“We’ve used the food bank before,” Greg said. “This is an opportunity to give back.”

The run is free and is open to all ages and abilities. Runners are encouraged to travel at their own pace. People are welcome to donate food even if they do not participate in the run.

As a member of a local running group, Greg said the event is also a great way to meet new people and a good way to warm up before the running season begins.

The Nuzums held a community dance last March that also benefited the food bank.

The Nuzums are still seeking volunteers to help collect food before and after the fun run. They also need volunteers to help monitor the course until about 1 p.m. If interested, contact Greg Nuzum at 360/961-2890, or Konni Nuzum at 360/383-7817. 

Information on the event can also be found on the Greater Bellingham Running Club’s website, at gbrc.net.