A running group of Forsyth County youths recently made some big money for animals in need.
On Tuesday, Gotta Run Kids, a local kids running program, donated about $4,000 to the Humane Society of Forsyth County as part of their “Run for a Reason” program. Debra Burch, with the Humane Society, said more than 30 animals can be saved with the money.
“I think when kids start thinking about [their] teammates and the team aspect rather than [themselves] all the time,” said Greg Patterson, the group’s founder, “then us as a team, that [we] collectively start thinking about doing something for someone else.”
To raise funds, kids had to log miles ran for eight weeks and find people to sponsor them per mile, up to 100 miles.
“We started a running club because we know there are a lot of kids who really don’t have much to do or maybe or even sports inclined,” Patterson said. “It just grew; we’re in our sixth year now.
“We just decided to start doing something for other folks. We’re running and having fun, that’s the main thing.”
Patterson said he hopes to give students a life-long love of running and has had parents attribute eating healthier, improved self-esteem and better grades to the group.
“When kids get involved when they’re not involved in running or sports, they don’t really have a lot to do [and] they can get mixed up in all kinds of stuff,” he said. “We’ve got a channel where kids can find runners, find a group … They enjoy each other; they go through school in those groups.
“That’s my hope is that all the kids have a lifetime of running and life-long passion for running. That’s the goal.”