‘Human Race’raises fundsfor charit

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    By MIKE BRUN

    Saturday morning hundreds of community members met on Novell’s Orem campus to walk, jog, run and skate for charities of their choice. The event was called The Human Race, and it was the first charity run of its kind in Utah County.

    “The Human Race is a unique event because the participants choose which charity will receive the money they raise,” said Mollianne Buhn of the United Way Volunteer Center. Although the name of the event is The Human Race, Buhn said it’s not really a race.

    “People who took part walked, jogged, ran, rollerbladed and wheelchaired the five kilometers, and there was no special recognition for first place. The main point of the event was to raise funds for charities in need,” Buhn said.

    Participants each raised their own donations by seeking both private and public sponsors. The amount of money gathered by the participants ranged from $5 to $1,600 Buhn said. Many of the pledges were between $20 and $100.

    Novell, NuSkin International, The Daily Herald, and the United Way Volunteer Center were the main sponsors of The Human Race.

    These organizations covered all of the costs of the event, so every cent raised by the participants could be given to the charities of their choice.

    The Human Race will now be an annual event.

    Buhn said she thinks this year’s success will promote greater participation in the coming years.

    “The Human Race will continue to be successful in the coming years because people in this community want to make charitable contributions. They also like having the choice of which charities receive the money they raise,” Buhn said

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