Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) -- Runners of all ages took to the start line today to race and raise money for a local youth program; around a thousand people came out to Phoenix Park to run in RCU’s Charity Classic.
Eau Claire resident, Nicole Bershback says, “I'm just looking forward to something that promotes the kids having fun and being active and still supporting the community at the same time so it's kind of a win-win for everybody.
The 20th annual RCU Charity Classic kicked off early this morning with racers of all ages and abilities taking part. RCU community relations manager, Jennifer McHugh, says the event is family friendly.
McHugh says, "My favorite part, is what's going on right now, runners are crossing the finish line. You hear the cowbells, you hear the cheers and the claps and it really is a fun family event as well. We're going to have two kid races, which is just so fun to see the competitive runners and the families out for a stroll, so it's just a great day all around."
McHugh says RCU chooses a charity each year to support, this year the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley was selected. Tracey Smiskey with the Boys and Girls Club says the support from RCU will benefit the kids.
Smiskey says, "The Boys and Girls Club is ecstatic to have the support from RCU for the charity classic this year. This makes a tremendous difference to the kids locally here in Eau Claire, and it's going to provide two classrooms to do technology programs and educational based academic success programs at the club."
McHugh says one of the main goals of the Charity Classic is to give back to the community, which she says is also done by giving the children an opportunity to be active. She says, "What's especially touching is the kids race, every child gets a medal, every child is a winner so we really look at this as a chance to expose children to physical activity."
McHugh says nearly $20,000 was raised to donate to the Boys and Girls Club.