HOMEWOOD, Ala. – Hurricane Delta might have dumped a healthy amount of rain during the Mission’s inaugural Rescue Run on Saturday, but the storm could do little to dampen the spirits of the participants and staff involved. More than 360 people registered for the 5K and Fun Run held in an effort to raise awareness on World Homeless Day.

“We were so excited to see how many people in the community were involved in the race,” said outreach and events coordinator Andrea Nuss. “We began planning the event early in the year and knew that our first 5K would be a challenge. Then the pandemic hit and then we had the hurricane and it would have been really easy for everyone to stay home. We were humbled and delighted with the turnout and can’t wait to see what next year’s event holds.”

To ensure maximum health safety the race coordinators provided all participants with face masks and staggered runners in 16 waves with each pool spacing runners in five-second intervals.

Alex Smith took top honors in the outing with a 5:07 mile pace posting a final time 15:52. Alex Tucker followed at 17:14 while Billy Rose clocked in at 19:09. The complete list of race results can be found here.

Proceeds from the race benefit the men, women, and children at the Mission’s three facilities. Plans are already underway for the second annual Rescue Run slated for October 9, 2021.