Two Local Running Stores Provide Hurricane Harvey Support Options

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Dozens of charities and fundraisers have been working throughout the week to help Texans affected by the Category 4 storm Hurricane Harvey, and Chicago is no exception; now, two local running stores are asking you to help by doing what you do best: run.

On Saturday, Runner’s High’n Tri is hosting a 5K to raise money for the American Red Cross’s Disaster Relief efforts. The race will begin at its location in Arlington Heights, and will be an out and back course to Melas Park.

The store will be accepting cash and check donations, checks to be made out to the American Red Cross. Everyone is welcome.

“When disaster has struck, the Runners High’n Tri community has always come together to take action for people affected. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, we’ll be doing so again,” an email from the store says.

Another store that is stepping in to help is Fleet Feet Sports. All local and national Fleet Feet locations are collecting new or gently-used shoes and new socks and apparel to donate to victims of the storm.

Fleet Feet asks athletes to bring their shoes tied in pairs by the laces, and labeled on the back heels by gender and size – for example: M12 (Men’s Size 12), W9 (Women’s Size 9). All socks must be paired together as well. Click here to find your nearest store.

“The loss of property and sheer devastation that several hundred thousand people are experiencing is catastrophic – and Fleet Feet Sports wants your help in bringing much-needed aid to them,” Fleet Feet says in an email announcement.

Looking for more ways to help? The Chicago Area Runner’s Association is partnered with Beauty Counter, and 10 percent of all today’s purchases go towards the American Red Cross.

Visit the American Red Cross website to donate online, or check out the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.

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