Preparing for tsunamis is all part of living on the Oregon Coast. And now a Lincoln City nonprofit aims to get surge-avoiding sprinters to hit the treadmills for a slower-moving emergency — homelessness.
The Tsunami Run from Family Promise of Lincoln County gives people the chance to raise funds by running or walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes on Thursday, March 22.
Designed for teams of three, the event will offer prizes for the team with the most donations raised as well as a team with the most miles recorded in the 30-minute time slot.
All proceeds will support Family Promise in helping families experiencing homelessness get back on their feet and into their own homes again.
“It’s time to Run Homelessness Out of Town,” declared Marilyn Salci, a member of the Family Promise board and fundraising committee.
Participants with health issues can chose to do their 30-minute exercise on another machine such as a stationary bicycle.
“This is an event for any level of athlete to join,” said Family Promise President Sue Anderson. “Just the fun of getting together with two other people to help these families through donations can be the goal. Get your friends together and sign up for a good time.”
Family Promise Executive Director Elizabeth Reyes said some participants can double their contribution thanks to a Collins Foundation grant that matches donations from people giving to Family Promise for the first time.
“Teams just need to let us know who the new donor is” she said, “and they will get credit for twice the amount donated by that person.”
The gyms participating in the event are: Fitness 101, 7755 Hwy. 101 in the Salishan Marketplace, 541-996-6101; The Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place, 541-994-2131, open to people 16 or older; Chinook Winds Fitness Center, 3245 NW 50th Street, 541-994-4474 open to people 15 or older; Taft Athletic at 4744 Hwy. 101, 541-614-1446, open to people 18 or older.
Call or stop in to register.