More than 100 people race through Downtown Huntsville to help the hungry during Urban Iditarod

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Saturday was an exception to the winter days our homeless population typically endures. The Downtown Rescue Mission launched a new event that took a lighthearted approach to a serious issue.

More than 100 people in Downtown Huntsville, wearing costumes, attached to shopping carts while running a 5K is something you don’t see every day.

“They have really showed out and show up,”  Director of Events Tonia Beverly said of the contestants.

But, Eddie Evans and his team from M&D Mechanical Contractors said if that’s what it takes to give back- sign them up. They paired their passion for fishing with helping the hungry for the Downtown Rescue Mission’s first ever Urban Iditarod.

“The cause for the homeless is a big one and I think it’s important for us to give back,” Evans said.

Evans’ coworker, Brian Matlock, and his team said they’re happy to run the three mile race through Downtown Huntsville for a cause they believe in.

“We do a lot with the Rescue Mission and different charities,” Matlock said.

Seventeen teams pounded the pavement on Saturday with a greater goal than winning the Urban Iditarod. While the teams will physically cross the finish line, the mission reminds us that the fight to help the hungry never truly ends.

“During the cold months, we really need to pay attention to our homeless people, get them to the Mission, get out of the elements, get a hot meal, get a roof over their head and a hot shower,” Beverly said.


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