Runners Across the Globe Raise Thousands for FMSC

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Runners Across the Globe Raise Thousands for FMSC

Runners Across the Globe Raise Thousands for FMSC

More than a thousand people from Minnesota to New Zealand laced up their running shoes last month for the Moon Joggers Ugly Sweater Day 5K & 10K Virtual Race.

A portion of each registration fee was donated to Feed My Starving Children. Runners could also choose to donate an additional amount.

The group raised just over $9,000! That provides 41,363 meals for children in need.

President of Moon Joggers, Angie Webb, said it’s something fun to do around the holidays and it was exciting to see runners react when she posted how much was raised for FMSC.

Angie started Moon Joggers with her sister in 2013. At first people were just logging miles on the website, but she joined some running groups and discovered people doing virtual races.

The first virtual race Moon Joggers held was to raise money for a woman in the group whose son had cancer. The family didn’t have insurance.

“We can really do some big things here,” Angie remembers realizing.

“Since we’re a global organization, we want to choose charities that have a national base. Our participants are everywhere so we try to do something that’s a lot broader,” she said.

The breadth of this race was huge! People from all over the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Malaysia, Hungary and France participated.

Some participants signed up because they wanted to get in shape. Others loved the idea of a virtual 5K. A few of the runners were already involved in FMSC.

“Our church has been packing meals for FMSC for the past five years so this is a favorite charity,” one runner commented.

“I’ve also been on mission trips to Uganda and have helped feed children food from FMSC. Thank you so much for picking this charity.”

Moon Joggers will be donating to FMSC again for next year’s Ugly Sweater Day 5K & 10K Virtual Race. The goal is to raise $20,000, Angie said.

“It’s fun to think that there are people running all over the world for the event,” she said. “[It’s great] to be part of something bigger.”

Check out all the fun photos runners submitted HERE and sign up for next year’s virtual race HERE.

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