5K Walk of Hope comes to Salt Lake City


Glenn Beck and Dallas-based group Mercury One are partnering with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation to put on the Walk of Hope, a fun, family-friendly 5K walk/run on Saturday, July 6.

The race will take place at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City and will begin at 9 a.m. It will mark Mercury One’s second annual “Day of Service,” wherein the organization dedicates a day to give back to the community.

Mercury One, founded November 2011, is a nonprofit charity organization whose mission statement is “to inspire, organize and mobilize individuals to improve the human condition physically, emotionally and spiritually with malice towards none and charity for all.” The organization’s goal is to prepare citizens for emergencies, both natural and man-made, by encouraging food storage, medicine and other necessities.

In wake of the recent tornados that destroyed a number of communities in Oklahoma, Mercury One was one of the first to respond to those in need. Mercury One donated $350,000 to a group that builds storm shelters and safe houses within schools in Oklahoma.

Mercury One’s disaster relief teams not only helped provide relief to those affected by the tornadoes but successfully got others involved with the relief efforts. The organization stopped to help, and that started a chain reaction of kindness.

Mercury One volunteers responded quickly to the disasters in and around Moore, Okla. (courtesy of Alex Manson)
Mercury One volunteers responded quickly to the disasters in and around Moore, Okla. (Photo courtesy Alex Manson)

A number of families who otherwise would have been left alone to clean up the rubble they once called home found comfort and large amounts of help from Mercury One.

The money provided by the 5K participants will go toward benefiting the Mercury One Charity.

The 5K is Mercury One’s main fundraiser for the year to support all of their philanthropic efforts in the upcoming year. The organization is funded solely by fundraisers and donations. 100 percent of the money the organization makes goes directly to its charitable efforts with no administrative overhead costs.

Mercury One recognizes Glenn Beck as its greatest advocate and spokesperson, and Beck’s wife Tonia is a member of the Board of Directors. The organization is partnering with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation for the event because they share similar missions.

As part of the event, Liberty Park will be open for the event’s festivities, where spectators can enjoy music, food, photo opportunities and park rides. All of the park rides will be free of charge for race participants.

Registration for Walk of Hope can be done online. To encourage families and teams to participate, fees for a group of five or more are $15 per participant whereas fees for those who register individually are $25. All children who are age 5 and younger will be able to participate for free and are encouraged to join their families in the race.

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